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The Importance of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgerons

Dr. Mark Gardner

It is not widely known outside of our industry, what exactly oral surgeons do. An Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon is uniquely trained to perform surgery on anything from the neck up. This includes not only the mouth, teeth & jaws, but also cheek bones, eye sockets, ears, noses and more! An Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon is just a fancy name for “facial surgeon”. Your face is the first thing the world sees, make sure to trust it with a surgeon who specializes in reconstruction of your most precious asset!

Dr. Mark Gardner had the privilege to work with this patient during his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. See below on what she had to say about working with an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon.

“My oral & facial surgery journey is COMPLETE!! I have a newly constructed jaw with screw implants and missing 5 front teeth. Next up, dental prostheses.
My smile has always been my strongest tool. After the accident, I lost a big part of me as my jaw and teeth shattered. Dr. Mark Gardner made it possible again. He operated on me multiple times & reconstructed my jaw. Prior to Dr. Gardner, I saw 2 surgeons and it was a complete disappointment. They didn’t take the time to learn about my trauma to better assist me. They only wanted the $$$. I needed someone to listen to me since this would essentially be my permanent smile. I believe that’s what makes Dr. Gardner a great surgeon. He has cared for me and held my hand each step of the way, explaining everything even when I had ‘stupid’ questions (because who at the tender age of 25 knows anything about dental implants???). His patience is what I admire the most. With a brain injury/short term memory loss, I found myself panicking all the time from the stress of my recovery yet I was always assured by Dr. Gardner’s immediate response. He provided his personal number from the beginning and was always responsive when I was met with multiple adversities. His quality of work is impeccable and I am very glad I chose him to trust to help me retrieve my smile & identity back. Thank you, Dr. Gardner.” – Tara R.

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