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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.

Experience in the area

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.


American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons


BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

What do you like about this subject?

I have been an oral and maxillofacial surgery for more than 30 years and my ability to help patients has fully satisfied me. I've taught in dental school and I work with residents in hospitals--all of this has allowed me to be a better surgeon.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I have gradually increased my knowledge allowing me to better guide my answers about surgical techniques that I previously was not familiar with. Some new findings or techniques are being developed or exposed all the time and the excitement of learning something new is so fulfilling in that I can help all who contact me in ways.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

It is recognized that oral and maxillofacial surgery is the only specialty that fully links medicine and dentistry. That is why we are repeatedly asked by physicians to help their patients who might have previously been unable to obtain needed treatment or forced to see a physician who was not trained in oral surgery.

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Erik10/19/161010Thanks again. Just anxious I guess.
Andrew10/17/16101010Thanks for the feedback. That's fine, just .....

Recent Answers from Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired

2016-10-22 Biopsy of scar tissue or leukoplakia?:

Erik -  if the dentist are not sure what is going on and you are not comfortable with what is there, having a biopsy is a simple, mostly painless examination.  Get yourself peace of mind and get the biopsy

2016-10-22 Lesion on lip:

Scotty -  Let me ask you if the pimple looked like a tiny blister?  What you are describing and the location seems to indicate that you suffered from a blockage of a small duct that brings lubricating

2016-10-18 Biopsy of scar tissue or leukoplakia?:

Erik- there is nothing wrong with having that test.  One thing from your description does not include a hairy appearance just a sensation.  A hairy sensation without a hairy appearance does not sound like

2016-10-12 Biopsy of scar tissue or leukoplakia?:

Erik there is a way to provide a picture.  It is located at the end of your submission.  Anyway, it it not unusual in the area you describe to  get irritated reactions that can make the area look unusual

2016-10-10 2nd opinion on possible implant:

Andrew, as you say, the films are not of the best quality, but from what I see, the extent of damage to the teeth will make it difficult to repair them and restore the strength they need to still function


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