Oral and Maxillofacial surgery

First Visit

After being referred to Sunrise Facial and Oral Surgery, your first visit with Dr. Schmid and Dr. Kim will consist of a full examination and discussion of your referring dentist’s recommendations. CT Scans or x-rays will be taken if needed and your concerns will be addressed. Your surgeon will take you through your diagnosis and his plan of treatment. A date for surgery will likely be set and you will be provided with instructions to help prepare you for your procedure and the recovery to come. If you have any questions during your care, do not hesitate to ask. It is important to both Dr. Kim and Dr. Schmid that you understand your condition and your procedure.

Dr. Schmid and Dr. Kim pride themselves on their innovation in the area of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

They will do their best to work with your general dentist, or other dental specialists, to restore your smile, your confidence and your self-esteem. Their passion for your care and well-being does not stop after your procedure. They continue to care for you up until you have healed correctly and are healthy again.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants have advanced the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery exponentially since their creation. They consist of a biocompatible titanium root like structure which fuses with the jawbone. The dental implant serves as an anchor for the placement of a crown fabricated by your dentist or prosthodontist. Dental implants and crowns can restore your smile and the proper function of teeth. With dental implants, Dr. Schmid and Dr. Kim provide the foundation that enables your dentist to replace individual teeth, multiple teeth and even rebuild the entire mouth. Both Dr. Schmid and Dr. Kim will work closely with your dentist to ensure that you are provided with a successful dental implant.

In certain circumstances, bone grafting procedures will need to be performed to restore the ridge. On occasion, the use of platelet rich plasma can enhance the healing process. Failure of dental implants is rare under the care of our surgeons; however, they will strive to achieve a successful result in every situation.

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Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a treatment that is performed to regenerate bone in the jaw, which will facilitate the placement of implants in otherwise difficult areas. Our highly skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons can either harvest bone from the patient or use human donor bone tissue to preserve, promote or replace new bone growth. The use of Platelet Rich Plasma and bone morphogenic protein can help the new bone grow and become a stable foundation on which dental implants can be placed.

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Zygoma Implants

For patients who have experienced severe bone loss in their maxilla, or upper jaw, zygoma implants provide a solution to restore a smile and foundation without the need for bone grafting. Zygoma implants are anchored into the cheek bones, or zygoma, and can enable oral and maxilliofacial surgeons to place fixed dental appliances where they had not been able to do so before. Dr. Schmid was the first oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide zygoma implants to patients in Central Florida. This procedure can be performed in the Melbourne or Suntree/Rockledge office or in an outpatient ambulatory facility depending on the patient’s need.

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Teeth-in-a-Day

Teeth-in-a-Day is an amazing procedure that can be performed right here in our Brevard County offices. Digital technology is utilized to treatment plan the reconstruction of the oral cavity. In a joint effort with a prosthodontist or skilled restorative dentist, Dr. Schmid and Dr. Kim will be able to remove broken down teeth that can no longer be restored with other dental treatments. The placement of dental implants is guided by a digital map and an expertly crafted hybrid dental appliance is permanently fixed to the implants. This procedure can make a major impact on the look and function of a smile in a very short time.

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Wisdom Teeth and Dental Extractions

While wisdom tooth removal is a common procedure, it may never be routine. Some of the most difficult surgical procedures performed are the removal of impacted wisdom teeth which is why trusting their removal to a skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon is recommended.

There are many different reasons why the removal of wisdom teeth is indicated. After a consultation and x-rays or CT scans, Dr. Schmid and Dr. Kim can diagnose your condition to determine an effective course of treatment.

Being Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and in Dental Anesthesia gives our oral and maxillofacial surgeons the ability to ensure that our patients are comfortable and safe no matter the severity of their wisdom tooth impaction.

Providing excellent surgical procedures and superior patient satisfaction means that Dr. Schmid and Dr. Kim are always on call. If you develop a problem with your healing process during the evening hours or over the weekend you will be able to reach one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons and have your issue addressed. It’s important that we see you through your entire treatment and that means ensuring that you heal properly.

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TMJ Disorder

The term TMJ describes several disorders than can affect the temporomandibular joint and various facial muscles. It is very difficult to diagnose and treat. Pain in this area can originate from many causes. Ideally treatment starts with conservative management. If this is not effective, then surgery is often warranted.  TMJ surgery, joint replacement, or orthognathic surgery can be performed to relieve pain in the jaw and alleviate TMJ symptoms.

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Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is often necessary when teeth and bite problems cannot be corrected by orthodontics or braces alone. When the jaw is underdeveloped or over developed it can cause problems ranging from TMJ pain, bite problems, facial deformities and tooth damage. Utilizing predictive pre-operative planning, orthognathic surgery can be performed in such a way as to elevate functional jaw growth discrepancies and lead to favorable life changing habits.

We are one of only a couple of offices in Brevard County to provide continuity defect reconstruction for people who have lost large portions of their jaw due to trauma or cancer. This procedure is highly effective in that it cannot only reinstate healthy bone growth but restore confidence and self-esteem to someone who has suffered through trauma and illness.

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Facial Trauma

Treating facial trauma is a challenging task following incidents such as automobile accidents, sports injuries, or falls. Both Dr. Kim and Dr. Schmid have extensive training and experience in treating both minor and major facial injuries. Dr. Kim and Dr. Schmid are able to repair injuries that occur to facial bones and facial soft tissue. Some examples include jaw fractures, cheek bone fractures, fractures of eye sockets, or repairing soft defects to the lip or lacerations of the skin.

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Pre-Prosthetic

The jaw bones, like the rest of the bones in our body, continue to change as we age. In some cases, unusual bumps begin to develop on the jawbones which interfere with the fit of removable dentures. These growths are fairly normal; however, they sometimes require removal to restore function to the mouth and improve the fit of prosthetic dental appliances like dentures.

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Platelet Rich Plasma

Our practice strives to be on the forefront of surgical technology. We were the first oral and maxillofacial surgery office in Central Florida to use Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, for the expedited healing of surgical wounds. This technology requires special centrifuges that separate the patient’s plasma and platelets from other blood components. The PRP is then locally reintroduced into the operation site where it can propel the immune system and facilitate expedited healing. Each location of Sunrise Facial and Oral Surgery is equipped with PRP centrifuges. During your consultation, Dr. Schmid and Dr. Kim can determine if the use of PRP will be beneficial to your procedure.

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Sleep Apnea

There are many ways to treat sleep apnea. Sleep apnea appliances are the primary non-surgical modality utilized to initially treat sleep apnea. The use of the appliance occurs if the patient is unable to tolerate the use of a CPAP or BIPAP machine. If conservative treatments are not sufficient to alleviate sleep apnea, surgical options can be discussed.

Technology

It is important to provide our patients with only the highest quality of service and that means utilizing cutting edge technology. We ensure that our patients receive the most comprehensive, and advanced care possible.

We currently utilize a Fractional CO2 laser in our Suntree/Rockledge office that is used for facial cosmetics and skin resurfacing. Our Melbourne office utilizes a CO2 laser for surgical procedures.

  • CT Scanners
  • PRP Centrifuges
  • Fractional CO2 Laser