As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. Frost, Sacco, Vandersea, Ruvo, and Serlo manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. The doctors practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to corrective jaw surgery.
Dental Implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt.
Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don't meet correctly and/or teeth don't seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly. People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly.
Dr. Frost has led surgical groups in Nepal, India, Chile, Peru, Cuba and Vietnam. Dr. Frost is the National Civilian Consultant to the Surgeon General for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for the United States Air Force. He has a clinical interest in orthognathic surgery ( jaw surgery).
Dr. Sacco lectures at UNC School of Dentistry in their physical diagnosis course. Dr. Sacco has clinical interests in orthognathic surgery, dental implants, bone graft reconstruction and distraction osteogenesis for implant therapy.
Dr. Vandersea is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Vandersea has a special clinical interest in orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery).
Dr. Ruvo earned his medical degree and completed a one year General Surgery internship while still in residency. Dr. Ruvo has a broad base of clinical interests including orthognathic surgery and dental implants.