Wisdom Teeth

Dental Implant Surgery

Treatment of Facial Injury

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Dental and Soft Tissue Surgery

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

TMJ and Facial Pain


Extensive Training and Experience.

As a result of extensive training, Dr. Malan is well-prepared to appropriately administer local anesthesia, as well as various forms of sedation, including general anesthesia. He is experienced in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.

Before your surgery, Dr. Malan will review the type of anesthetic to be used, as well as the way you're likely to feel during and after the operation. This is the time to discuss any concerns you may have about any facet of the operation. Usually, patients describe their feelings during surgery as comfortable and surprisingly pleasant. After surgery, medications will be prescribed to make you as comfortable as possible when you get home.

Dental Implants Have an Overall Success Rate of About 95%.

More and more people are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are placed and secured in your jaw, just like your natural teeth. Plus, unlike fixed bridges or removable dentures, dental implants will not affect neighboring healthy teeth or lead to bone loss in the jaw. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. Dr. Malan is a strong advocate of computed tomography (CT scan), 3D and digital treatment planning for dental implant surgery.

Prevent Trauma: Always Wear Protective Head Gear In Sports!

Dr. Malan is prepared to treat and repair facial injury and trauma, including fractures of the upper and lower jaws and the orbits surrounding the eyes, and facial lacerations. Knowledge of how jaws come together (dental occlusion) is critical when repairing complex facial fractures. If you or a loved one suffer a facial or mouth injury, Dr. Malan is available for consultation. With his background and training, Dr. Malan is highly qualified to deal with these types of injuries. In some cases, he may even detect a “hidden” injury that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Treatment Improves Function, Appearance and Oral Health.     

Typical soft tissue surgeries include:

  • Tooth Extractions
  • Apicoectomy
  • Exposing Impacted Teeth as Part of Orthodontic Treatment
  • Frenectomy
  • Dental Hemisection and Root Amputation

Don't Ignore Your Wisdom Teeth!

Dr. Malan is an expert in wisdom teeth (3rd molar) extractions. Most of us will need one or more of our wisdom teeth extracted in our lifetime. Typically, wisdom teeth extractions are accomplished in our teenage years to avoid potential complications later in life.

Wisdom teeth may not need to be extracted if they grow in completely and are functional, painless, cavity-free, disease-free and in a hygienic environment with healthy gum tissue. They do, however, require regular, professional cleaning, annual check-ups and periodic X-rays to monitor for any changes. 

Generally, wisdom teeth should be surgically removed when there are:

  • Infections and/or periodontal (gum) disease
  • Cavities that can’t be restored
  • Cysts, tumors or other pathologies
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Insufficient room for the teeth to grow in correctly

Correct a Wide Range of Skeletal and Dental Irregularities.

Following are some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:

  • Difficulty chewing, or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
  • Excessive wear of the teeth
  • Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
  • Unbalanced facial appearance from the front, or side
  • Facial injury
  • Birth defects
  • Receding lower jaw and chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)

The TMJ is the Most Commonly Used Joint in the Body!  

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders are not uncommon. Individuals with a TMJ disorder may experience a variety of symptoms, such as earaches, headaches and limited ability to open their mouth. As a specialist in the areas of the mouth, teeth and jaws, Dr. Malan is in a good position to correctly diagnose the problem.

Treatment may range from conservative dental and medical care to complex surgery. It is common for a team approach to treatment, including referral to other medical or dental specialists. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment may include short-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and muscle relaxation, bite plate (splint) therapy, and even stress management counseling. If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful or if there is clear joint damage, surgery may be indicated. Surgery can involve either arthroscopy (the method identical to the orthopaedic procedures used to inspect and treat larger joints such as the knee) or repair of damaged tissue by a direct surgical approach.

An Estimated 18-20 Million Adults in the U.S. Suffer From Obstructive Sleep Apnea!    

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious and even life-threatening condition. The risks of undiagnosed OSA include heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart disease and decreased libido. In addition, OSA causes daytime drowsiness that can result in accidents, lost productivity and relationship problems.

Depending on whether your OSA is mild, moderate or severe, Dr. Malan will recommend the treatment that’s best for you. It is common for a team approach to treatment, including referral to appropriate dental or medical specialists. Treatment can range from behavior modification to oral appliances to an air pressure device. Surgery may be a good alternative for some patients, but it’s important to keep in mind that no surgical procedure is universally successful. Every patient has a different shaped nose and throat, so before surgery is considered Dr. Malan will measure the airway at several points and check for any abnormal flow of air from the nose to lungs.

Don't ignore your wisdom teeth!
Corrective jaw surgery

Dr. Malan's specialized training will ensure the best possible results

Services & Treatments

Credit for text information and descriptions on this page belongs to  American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. The information provided here is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is provided to help you communicate effectively when you seek the advice of your oral and maxillofacial surgeon.