Located at Mercy St. Louis in Creve Coeur, Oral Facial Surgery Institute & Implant Center is a private practice offering a full scope of treatments and services, ranging from simple ailments to more complicated cases, says Dr. Michael Noble. The facility is a Level 1 Trauma Center, providing all of the facial trauma services for Mercy St. Louis. “We handle patients with facial lacerations or any trauma, including broken facial bones,” says Noble, who is a founding member and serves as director of Oral Facial Surgery Institute, as well as director of its accredited maxillo facial fellowship program, which takes one person from the U.S. each year and provides them with additional training in the specialty.
“Our surgeons deal with diseases and pathology of the head and neck region, from the removal of wisdom teeth to the other end of the spectrum with the treatment of tumors, saliva gland disease, temporomandibular joint disease (both surgically and non-surgically) and orthognathic surgery, which is basically moving the jaws around with facial deformities.” Other adjunctive cosmetic surgery procedures include facelifts, rhinoplasties and blepharoplasties.
Regarding the placing of dental implants, the practice uses 3-D imaging and state-of-the-art technology. “What differentiates our practice from others is that we work with the patient’s restoring doctor—whether it’s their general dentist or prosthodontist—so that they receive continuing care to maintain the work they’ve had done.”
An outpatient surgery center, where patients can go for outpatient general anesthesia for added comfort, also is available. As a board-certified oral and maxilla surgery practice, sleep apnea care, both surgical and non-surgical, also is provided.
Noble began at Mercy St. Louis (then St. John’s Mercy Medical Center) in 1988 as an attending surgeon in the Oral and Maxillo Facial Residency Program. He later became the director of that training program before developing the fellowship program at Oral Facial Surgery Institute, one of only a handful of such programs in the U.S. “I was practicing, and then we started to consolidate trauma services, so Dr. Patrick Morris and I started the practice under its current name in 2000,” Noble notes. “Slowly, we’ve grown larger and expanded, and some of the people who practice with me now are former fellowship graduates who went through our program.”
Oral Facial Surgery Institute now has eight surgeons, including Noble and Morris, as well as Drs. Michael Barbick, Mark Beehner, John Haden, Mykle Jacobs, Michael Suden and Greg Tull, who is the newest addition to the staff. According to Noble, “We try to provide a caring environment for our patients—no problem is too big or too small.”