Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Indiana University Health University Hospital offers a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgery and hospital dentistry services, including wisdom teeth removal and common extractions, dental implant placement, surgical management of facial deformities, pathology of the head and neck and maxillofacial region, maxillofacial trauma care, craniofacial surgery, trauma and reconstructive surgery and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders.
As partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we have access to the latest medical advances and dental treatment options. At the residency training location at IU Health University Hospital, physicians work alongside residents to provide high-quality oral surgery and dentistry care at a significantly reduced fee.
IU Health University Hospital physicians and residents are experienced in working with other disciplines. Our location near services such as pulmonology, cardiology and general surgery lets us provide dentistry care for patients with medically complex conditions, those with preexisting medical illnesses or those receiving treatment in other areas.
We begin with an initial consultation and then develop an individualized treatment plan involving all aspects of preventive, therapeutic and restorative dental care. In addition to adult dental and oral surgery options, we offer pediatric dental care at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, including routine checkups, fillings, orthodontics and oral surgery.
Our comprehensive oral and maxillofacial surgery and hospital dentistry services include the ones listed below.
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Dental implants can be an option for people who were born missing teeth, for people who have lost teeth due to dental disease (gum disease), for people who have experienced trauma, or as a result of oral pathology. While dental implants have a cosmetic benefit of completing a smile, they also serve an integral part of preserving the facial structure and improving one’s ability to eat. While a dental implant and crown may at times be placed in one day, dental implants generally require two procedures; one in which the base of the implant is placed within the jaw bone and a second procedure a few months later when the restorative dentist attaches the artificial tooth or denture to the implant. There may be situations when there is inadequate bone for the implant. The surgeons at IU Health University Hospital also have the ability to do bone grafts and sinus lifts, and they are familiar with the various advanced procedures to optimize your ability to have implants. To coordinate your dental implant care, the oral surgeons at IU Health University Hospital will either work with your dentist or will refer you to a restorative dentist.
We provide our patients with many anesthesia options and pain and anxiety management services. Depending on your dental procedure, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon can help you determine the most appropriate anesthesia option. While all oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained in anesthesia, the department also has a dentist anesthesiologist. Dentist anesthesiologists at IU Health University Hospital have specialized and extensive training in anesthesia and monitor patients continuously during the procedure and into recovery. This allows the department to provide all aspects of anesthesia for various surgical procedures within the office.
Jaws in children and adolescents are still growing, meaning they require specialized dentistry and oral care. At IU Health University Hospital, we are highly experienced in treating the oral and maxillofacial needs of children. Often times in coordination with physicians in other disciplines, we offer treatments for cleft palate, sleep apnea, face and jaw trauma and many craniofacial anomalies.
Physicians at IU Health University Hospital have extensive experience in diagnosing conditions and diseases of the head and neck. Dentists throughout the state refer patients to IU Health University Hospital for its comprehensive care. Following consultation and diagnosis, physicians often times can remove the lesion, reconstruct the area and develop any further treatment plan if necessary. If the lesion is cancerous, the dentistry and oral surgery team will collaborate with the Indiana University Health Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center to provide excellent coordinated care.
Trauma to the maxillofacial region (the upper jaw and face) requires treatment from highly specialized physicians. At IU Health University Hospital, we receive referrals from surgeons all over the state due to our high level of maxillofacial expertise. When treating maxillofacial trauma, IU Health physicians focus on retaining the function of the injured area and maintaining a natural aesthetic appearance. We also work to reduce the other symptoms of the trauma, such as pain and swelling, to keep the patient as comfortable as possible.
Wisdom teeth can be bothersome and painful if a person’s jaw doesn’t have adequate space for them. They can also cause an infection or bone loss on the adjacent teeth. Extracting wisdom teeth is usually done as an outpatient procedure. While wisdom teeth can be extracted with local anesthesia, most patients choose to be sedated with intravenous medicine for the procedure. After removing the teeth, staff will monitor the patient in the office. If a patient is sedated for the procedure, they will need to have someone drive them home after the appointment. We provide post-operative instructions and a care kit for each of our patients to help make the return home as comfortable as possible.
Orthognathic surgery is a treatment option to correct jaw alignment and deformities. During this surgery, the jaw is realigned to treat an improper bite and correct skeletal deformities. Added benefits of orthognathic surgery include improved facial aesthetics and the ability to open up the airway. IU Health University Hospital will work with a patient’s personal orthodontist to provide fully coordinated care both during and following the procedure.
Craniofacial surgery is any type of surgery involving the head and face to correct congenital conditions of the skull, face and jaw. IU Health physicians work together to develop individualized treatment plans for each patient to adjust and improve the condition.
Reconstructive surgery is a treatment option for many conditions, such as sleep apnea. It may also follow a resection or other oral surgery. Physicians at IU Health University Hospital work to restore bone and jaw integrity with oral reconstruction surgery, which could include a bone graft. For each reconstructive surgery, physicians collaborate to develop individual treatment plans to help patients achieve their desired outcome. Our goal is to provide you with an optimal aesthetic and functional result
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint on either side of the head that connects the jaw to the skull. Serious conditions of this joint can be bothersome, impede everyday activities and can often times be incredibly painful. Physicians at IU Health University Hospital provide patients with many treatment options for TMJ disorders, including TMJ surgery and joint replacement to improve function and decrease pain.
Call direct: 317.274.8300
We are located on the third floor at: 550 N. University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202
Any dentist, orthodontist or other healthcare provider may refer a patient to IU Health University Hospital for oral and maxillofacial surgery and hospital dentistry services.
Call direct: 317.274.8300