Vanderbilt Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Vanderbilt’s oral and maxillofacial surgeons care for people with complex injuries, diseases or deformities of the jaws and face. We have the expertise to manage or repair a wide variety of problems. Our goal is to reduce pain and give you better quality of life.

Conditions We Treat

  • Benign tumors and cysts
  • Bite abnormalities (underbite, overbite, open bite, etc.)
  • Broken jaws and facial bones
  • Cleft lip and palate (alveolar cleft repair, bone grafting)
  • Complications of chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Defects and deformities of the face, mouth or jaw after trauma, infection or tumor removal
  • Impacted teeth (wisdom tooth removal)
  • Implant replacement of missing teeth (including bone loss/atrophy and challenging implant sites)
  • Infections of the oral cavity, jaws and neck, (including bone infection — osteomyelitis)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Oral lesions
  • Osteonecrosis and osteoradionecrosis after cancer treatment
  • TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) disorders and pain

Tests, Treatments and Services We Offer

  • Biopsies of mouth lesions
  • Dental implants 
  • Extractions (removing wisdom teeth or others)
  • Genioplasty (cosmetic surgery for the face)
  • Orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) for correcting jaw and bite deformities
  • Jaw and facial reconstruction, bone grafting after tumor removal or trauma
  • Managing infections of the mouth, jaw and neck
  • Pediatric oral surgery
  • Pre- or post-cancer treatment care
  • Removal of jaw cysts, jaw tumors, benign oral lesions
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw joint modified condylotomy
  • TMJ arthroscopy
  • TMJ replacement
  • Repair and bone grafting of cleft palate/alveolus defects and fistulae
  • Soft tissue and bone grafting to prepare for dental implants
  • Zygomatic (facial bone) implants

Oral and Facial Surgery: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Comprehensive care: We offer everything from routine wisdom tooth removal to treating complex jaw and facial deformities. We offer the widest list of surgery services of any oral surgery practice in Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and northern Alabama.
  • Personalized care: We consider your individual needs as we create a personalized treatment plan.
  • A team approach: We work with other doctors and dentists in many specialties to be sure your needs are met. Many of our patients have complex medical problems, including chronic disease. For patients with jaw and bite abnormalities who need orthodontic treatments before surgery, we will work closely with your orthodontist.
  • Innovative treatment: We are the only surgical team in Middle Tennessee offering temporomandibular (jaw joint) replacement. We were the first team in Middle Tennessee to use virtual surgery planning for jaw deformities and bite abnormalities.
  • Depth of experience: We were the first oral surgery team in Middle Tennessee to perform endosseous (root-form) dental implants in the early 1980s. Our team includes an implant fellowship-trained surgeon. Our length of experience means you get the best possible care.


Vanderbilt Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The Vanderbilt Clinic
1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 3501A
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 322-2377
Map and directions

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4p.m.
Saturday, 7-noon

Oral Surgery Care Team

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient, call (615) 322-2377, option 1, or fax a referral form to (615) 343-9397.

Emergency referrals can be made at any time. Call (615) 322-2377 or 1-800-288-5000, ext. 22377.