By Annette Brooks
Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery (NTFOS) has provided exceptional care to the Metroplex for more than 30 years. With a new Flower Mound location, people in the community no longer need to drive to their Grapevine, Irving, or Keller offices to receive high-quality facial and oral surgery services.
“We’re excited to become part of the Flower Mound area and look forward to growing with the community,” says Michael Pace, DDS, MD, who practices in the Flower Mound office. Dr. Pace earned a DDS at the UCLA School of Dentistry and completed his MD and a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Loma Linda University. Board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons Drs. David Hunter, Dean Spingola, Craig Buchmann, and Brandon Brown comprise the rest of NTFOS’s highly respected team.
Collaborative Team Puts Patients First
Voted Best Oral Surgeon by Living Magazine Readers’ in 2018, 2019, and 2020, NTFOS is a full-service facial and oral surgery practice that treats patients with professionalism, respect, and compassion.
“We feel it’s important to spend time to help each patient understand their surgery and what to expect after surgery,” Dr. Pace explains. “Sometimes, the difference between an acceptable and an excellent surgery experience is spending a few extra minutes with our patients. Spending this extra time is part of what makes us who we are.” Patients receive advanced preparation as part of NTFOS’s signature service.
When you choose NTFOS, you get a built-in second, third, fourth, and fifth opinion. “The five of us meet regularly to discuss cases and share experiences,” Dr. Buchmann says. “This is a significant bonus for our patients.”
Peace of Mind, Extraordinary Care
Patients are referred to NTFOS by general dentists, orthodontists, physicians, and other medical professionals. Patients also seek out the practice on their own because they know it’s essential to select the right doctor for their procedure.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons’ complete dental school and sometimes medical school, plus a multi-year residency with advanced training in surgery, medicine, and anesthesia. “Taking care of someone isn’t done using a cookie-cutter approach — it’s not the same for every individual. As specialists, we are prepared to handle more than the routine,” Dr. Buchmann says.
“We perform facial and oral surgery all the time, not just occasionally,” Dr. Hunter says. “We have the advanced training and experience to manage the most complex cases imaginable and any complications that may arise.”
Dr. Pace adds, “Our unique training in anesthesia and surgery enables us to provide sedation safely and to ensure a comfortable experience.” With patient safety, a top priority, NTFOS’s anesthesia safety protocols are similar to what you would find in a hospital operating room.
The Drs. agree that choosing a group practice provides patients even more peace of mind. If a complication arises after surgery and your surgeon is unavailable, another doctor who has all of your information is ready to help. “We believe this ensures a better level and higher continuity of care, especially when it comes to surgical services,” Dr. Hunter adds.
Advanced Technology for Greater Patient Comfort, Better Outcomes
NTFOS’s experts use advanced technology to help ensure their patients’ comfort and the best outcomes. These technologies include 3D cone beam CT scans, the Carestream 3700 intraoral scanner, and the NOMAD portable radiography system. And they use regenerative medicine –platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) — that encourages tissue regeneration and facilitates faster healing after bone grafting, dental implant placement, and tooth extractions.
The Carestream intraoral scanner, for example, takes “digital impressions,” in most cases eliminating the use of gooey impression materials. Cone Beam CT scans enable the doctors to plan dental implant surgery in three dimensions. “We can visualize and measure the bone in ways that are impossible with standard digital dental X-rays,” Dr. Pace explains.
With larger implant and reconstruction cases, the combined use of intraoral scans and cone beam CT scans allows the NTFOS doctors to plan the surgery in a virtual computer-based setting. “By performing the surgery on the computer first, surgical guides can be 3D-printed the day of surgery, so the virtual plan is accurately executed,” Dr. Pace says.
- Dental Implants Creating a Lasting Smile
- Extractions, Including Wisdom Teeth
- Corrective Jaw Surgery
- Oral Pathology
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
- Postoperative Instructions
- Help Filing Medical or Dental Insurance Claims
- Financing Available through CareCredit or Springstone/Lending Club
- Detailed COVID-19 Protocols for Patient and Staff Safety
NTFOS is dedicated to best serving its patients and giving back to the community. They support numerous local charities, which you can view online at NTFOS.com/community-involvement/. And the NTFOS Sciences & Allied Health Scholarship supports students pursuing degrees in science and healthcare fields. Visit NTFOS.com/continuing-education/referringoffice-scholarships/ for more information.
4130 Justin Road, Suite 105
Flower Mound, Texas 75077