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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Department Of Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Sheba Medical Center is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, defects, and tumors that occur in the bone and soft tissues of the facial structures, mouth, and jaw. Our diverse staff comprises expert surgeons and specially trained nurses, and our clinics are equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment technologies. We specialize in performing complex oral and facial rehabilitation procedures.

The department is associated with the School of Dental Medicine at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and it serves as a joint oral and maxillofacial surgery department for civilians and the Israel Defense Forces. We treat approximately 500 inpatients and 15,000 outpatients every year, making our team of specialists one of the most experienced in the region. As the largest maxillofacial unit in the country, we also function as a referral center.

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Division Of Surgery At The Acute Care Hospital

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is part of Sheba Medical Center’s Division of Surgery – a leading-edge unit committed to staying current with the latest techniques and serving patients with professional excellence and a compassionate manner.

At Sheba’s Division of Surgery:

  • Our team consists of more than 250 surgeons and 500 nurses
  • We have a total of 33 advanced operating rooms
  • We perform approximately 23,500 procedures per year
  • We provide treatment for 23,000 inpatients per year
  • We care for 350,000 outpatients per year

The following departments are all housed within the Division of Surgery:

  • Department of Neurosurgery >
  • Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Department of Surgical Oncology
  • Department of Thoracic Surgery >
  • Department of Ambulatory Surgery
  • Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
  • Department of General Surgery

Treatments at the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics

Our comprehensive department includes many specialized clinics in which skilled physicians treat a wide array of oral and facial conditions:

Dental Implants and Bone Regeneration Clinic:

We perform dental implantations using digital imaging aids, dental CT, and precise surgical instruments; we also provide dental reconstruction after implant insertion. Approximately 1200 implants and many bone graft operations are performed yearly.

Maxillofacial Rehabilitation Clinic:

Multidisciplinary specialists, including oral and maxillofacial surgeons, plastic or ENT surgeons, oncologists, orthodontists, and social workers collaborate to help custom-design the most effective rehabilitation for each patient, treating all ages from newborn to seniors.
Our rehabilitation services include using prosthetic devices to restore hard and soft tissue deficiencies of the oral cavity and facial structures, and we also construct dentures and obturators following tumor surgery or trauma. Additionally, we treat congenital malformations and perform orthognathic surgery.

Oral Laser Clinic

Our skilled team focuses exclusively on treating pathological oral soft tissue conditions with CO2 laser and the Nd YAG laser. Surgical laser is used to biopsy and excise oral lesions. Laser therapy is particularly effective for complicated anatomical conditions and ablation of premalignant conditions in the oral mucosa, as well as for highly vascular lesions, such as hemangioma, peripheral giant cell granuloma, pyogenic granulomas, and epulis fissuratum. We treat about 150 patients annually, most of whom either suffer from coagulation problems or have had an organ transplant.

Oral Medicine Clinic:

We provide consultation and management of a wide variety of oral disorders. About 1200 patients are treated in this clinic every year. Conditions that we treat include:

>Mucosal disorders
such as precancerous lesions, oral ulcerations, oral infections, and mucocutaneous disorders

Dry mouth
a common symptom of systemic conditions and diseases, such as Sjogren’s syndrome; or caused by therapeutic irradiation or drug intake

Burning mouth syndrome
characterized by a spontaneous burning sensation in the mouth; a variety of causes can lead to this condition, and we perform testing to establish a proper diagnosis to alleviate the unbearable symptoms

Surgical Oral Oncology Clinic

Established in 1988, this multidisciplinary clinic features a team of senior maxillofacial surgeons who work in cooperation with the ENT Head and Neck Unit, the Oncology Department, the Plastic and Microvascular Unit, and the Oral Rehabilitation Unit. We perform oncological procedures for oral cancer and head and neck tumors, along with functional and aesthetic reconstruction. Adjuvant therapy (radiation and chemotherapy) is generally administered after primary surgical treatment.

Orthognathic Clinic:

We evaluate and treat patients with congenital or acquired (post-traumatic, iatrogenic) deformities of the oral and maxillofacial region. A collaborative team provides personalized treatments, including maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontist, prosthodontist, plastic surgeons, and ENT surgeons (as necessary). Per year, approximately 350 patients visit this clinic, and we perform about 125 surgical procedures.

The surgical treatments we perform include:
Advancement, setback, impaction, down fracture of the jaws or malar bone, bone grafting, and distraction osteogenesis.

The conditions we treat include:
Alveolar and palatal cleft (cleft lip/palate), facial asymmetry, malposition of the malar bone, upper and lower jaws, and of the chin

Temporomandibular Joint Clinic

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) refer to a set of related pathologic changes that cause symptoms in the jaw, such as pain, limited range of motion, and tenderness in the masticatory muscles and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). We provide treatment with a pharmacologic approach (treatment without steroidal anti-inflammatory medications), and with a physical medicine model (physical therapy exercises). Other models of therapy that we may use include arthrocentesis (TMJ lavage) and open-joint surgery, when surgical intervention is required. We treat approximately 400 patients every year.

Our Doctors

Ran Yahalom

Ran Yahalom, MD

Head of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Yahalom is a leading Israeli expert in the field of maxillofacial surgery. He received his medical degree from the Hadassah Medical School at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and then completed an internship in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Sheba Medical Center and an internship in the field of maxillofacial restoration at the Hospital of Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Yahalom specializes in the removal of tumors of the jaw and face, treatment of injuries and fractures of the facial bones, surgery of the temporomandibular joint, treatment of congenital abnormalities of the face and jaw, and tooth implantation.
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Holistic Approach To Healing

Sheba Medical Center is strongly committed to providing each patient with progressive, integrative medicine. As we design the most effective treatment program for your condition, we also consider your overall well-being and quality of life. In our Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, supportive therapists work alongside our physicians in order to satisfy your unique emotional and physical needs. All services are provided efficiently and conveniently on our all-inclusive campus.

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