The Oral and Facial Surgery Center, a newly constructed, state-of-the-art, hospital-based faculty practice for the Christiana Care Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery full-time faculty, is now open at Wilmington Hospital. The center offers broad-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery services.
Launched in April 2012 by Daniel J. Meara, M.D., D.M.D., the department chair and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program director, the practice enhances Christiana Care’s stature as a comprehensive, academic teaching hospital with a fully accredited Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program. Upper-level residents train with full-time faculty in this new environment, further enhancing the educational process.
“We are unique in Delaware, having an academic model that will serve both medical and dental-related oral and facial surgical issues,” Dr. Meara said. “Our goal is to become a referral destination for all conditions of the head and neck in order to serve the community and region.”
Robert Horne, D.D.S., joined the full-time faculty in August and serves as associate program director for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Horne completed residency training at Christiana Care, and his surgical interests include orthognathic surgery, facial trauma and routine dentoalveolar procedures.
“We are enthusiastic about the future as the new facility improves access to care, enhances residency education and is congruent with The Christiana Care Way,” says Dr. Horne. “This is a perfect opportunity to grow and evolve along with Wilmington Hospital and Christiana Care.”
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a highly trained professional who has completed an additional four to eight years of post-doctoral training, specializing in treating the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and the extended craniofacial region.
The new faculty practice serves many different types of patient needs, including basic tooth extractions, wisdom-teeth removal and dental-implant placement, surgical correction of congenital deformities, facial fracture repair, orthognathic surgery, sleep-apnea surgery, temporomandibular joint surgery, removal of pathological lesions, facial reconstruction, bone grafting and cosmetic procedures.
The Oral and Facial Surgery Center is located in Suite 2W44, which was formerly the Employee Health Office. The practice complements the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Hospital Dentistry at Wilmington Hospital, which has provided general dental and oral and maxillofacial surgical care for more than 60 years to uninsured and underinsured patients.