• benign pathology (cysts, tumors, etc.)
• malignant pathology (oral, head, and neck cancer)
• temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
• dysgnathia (incorrect bite) and orthognathic
(“straight bite) reconstructive surgery
Tooth Removal – Tooth removal can happen for a number of reasons: Impacted Wisdom Teeth (most common); Dead Teeth (result of tooth decay); and Dental Trauma (damage from accidents).
Dental Implants – Dental Implant Surgery is a common option when losing one or more of your teeth. The procedure consists of inserting a titanium replacement tooth into the jaw. Although they look identical to your own, they may feel vaguely different in your mouth. Recovery takes about a week and is not trying on the patient.
Jaw Surgery – There are several jaw problems that can be rectified through Jaw Surgery. Surgery for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, or more commonly known as TMJ, will alleviate pain and discomfort. Another reason for surgery is malformation of the jaw, ensuing in misalignment of the bite (overbite or under bite). Trauma due to accidents may also require corrective jaw surgery.
*Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is not limited
to the above surgical procedures.
Dr. Nickel is board certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon & has been in practice for over 25 years. He graduated from Northwestern & received his dental degree at Loyola University School of Dentistry. He earned his certificate in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Dr. Nickel is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & a Fellow of the American Assoc. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He is board certified by the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology & a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology & a Past President of the Chicago Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Nickel is currently a part-time clinical professor at Loyola University Medical Center. Prior to starting his private practice, he was Director of the four-year Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at Tripler Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has lectured all over the world on various aspects of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Nickel retired from the United States Army Dental Corps in 1999 with the rank of full Colonel and a record of distinguished service. Dr. Nickel participates annually in dental missions to Mexico, Central & South America. He contributes his services to Healing the Children, El Nino Rey & the Dental Lifeline Network.
Dr. Nickel was the official Oral Surgeon of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.
**Dr. Nickel also administers IV Sedation for
restorative work (ex: fillings, crowns, root canals, etc)
on special needs patients or dental phobia patients.
For more information, visit
The American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons website: http://www.aaoms.org