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Meet Andrew Mueller, DMD, MD

Facial and Oral Surgeon

Located just two doors down from Hildebrand Orthodontics, Dr. Andrew Mueller provides gentle oral surgery care for our patients. He uses leading-edge technologies and processes that give our patients the most comfortable experience and best results.

Dr. Mueller is a facial and oral surgeon. He specializes in a range of oral and maxillofacial processes. Dr. Mueller has a particular interest in dentoalveolar surgery, which includes extractions and working with bone, as well as dental implants and cosmetic facial surgery.

Dr. Mueller is dual-trained in dentistry and medicine. He received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine with honors from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) at the prestigious UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX.

Following medical school, Dr. Mueller completed an internship in general surgery, which provided him a solid foundation to manage the most medically complex patients. Dr. Mueller also received extensive training in anesthesia through the Department of Anesthesia at UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Mueller completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery training at UT Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital, in an internationally recognized, renowned training program.

With his extensive training and experience in dentistry, medicine, anesthesia, and surgery, Dr. Mueller is uniquely qualified to address a broad spectrum of oral surgical issues. No wonder we trust our patients to his care!

What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery corrects a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. It is a recognized international surgical specialty: one of the nine specialties of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association.

Oral Surgeons: Changing Lives with a Smile

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only recognized dental specialists who, after completing dental school, are surgically trained in an American Dental Association-accredited, hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. Dr. Mueller has trained alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery, and anesthesiology and also spent time in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), plastic surgery, emergency medicine, and other specialty areas.

His training focused almost exclusively on the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and jaws, and his knowledge and surgical expertise uniquely qualify him to diagnose and treat the functional and aesthetic conditions in this part of the body.

Conditions and Treatments

Dr, Mueller has many years of education and hands-on training to provide treatment for a wide range of conditions.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw or orthognathic surgery is performed, during which the upper jaw, lower jaw, and chin may be repositioned to correct minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities. These can include the misalignment of jaws and teeth so chewing, speaking, and breathing can be improved. Difficulty chewing or biting food, excessive wear of teeth, a receding chin, a protruding jaw, or sleep apnea may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes they emerge from the gum line, and the jaw is large enough to allow room for them, but more often than not, they fail to emerge and become impacted. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed.

Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons strongly recommends that wisdom teeth be removed by the time the patient is a young adult in order to prevent future problems and to ensure optimal healing.

Cleft Palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate result when all or portions of the mouth and nasal cavity do not grow together properly during fetal development. The result is a gap in the lip or a split in the opening in the roof of the mouth. Until it is treated with surgery, a cleft palate can cause problems with feeding, speech, and hearing.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons work as part of a team of healthcare specialists to correct these problems through a series of treatments and surgical procedures over many years.

Facial Trauma

Maxillofacial injuries or facial trauma encompass any injury to the mouth, face, and jaw. One of the most common types of serious injury to the face occurs when bones are broken. Fractures can involve the lower jaw, upper jaw, palate, cheekbones, eye sockets, or combinations of these bones. These injuries can affect sight and the ability to breathe, speak, and swallow.

Because of this, the expertise of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon is indispensable. Avoiding injury is always best, so it is extremely important for everyone who participates in athletic activities at any level to use seat belts, protective mouthguards, and appropriate masks and helmets.

Temporomandibular Joint Surgery

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It allows the lower jaw to move and function. If you experience jaw pain, earaches, headaches, a limited ability to open or close your mouth, clicking, or grating sounds, you may have Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).

TMJ treatment may range from conservative dental and medical care to complex surgery. If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful or there is clear joint damage, surgery may be indicated, which can involve either arthroscopy or repair of damaged tissue by a direct surgical approach.

Oral Cancer

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons recommend that everyone perform an oral cancer self-exam each month. If you notice white or red patches, an abnormal lump, chronic sore throat or hoarseness, or difficulty chewing or swallowing, you should contact an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Mueller can remove a section of tissue to perform a biopsy and accurately diagnose the problem.

Implants

Dental implants are long-term replacements for missing teeth that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically places in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, dental implants do not slip or decay. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem.

Outpatient Anesthesia

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the ability to provide patients with safe, effective outpatient anesthesia, including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. During their surgical residency, residents must complete a rotation on the medical anesthesiology service where they become competent in evaluating patients for anesthesia, delivering the anesthetic, and monitoring post-anesthetic patients.

What Our Patients Are Saying

"Dr. Hildebrand and his entire staff are absolutely wonderful. They are all very patient and caring. Dr. Hildebrand is awesome at making the kids feel comfortable and at ease. I feel that his treatment plans are always very well explained and very affordable in price. I have recommended many of our friends and they too love his practice. I wouldn't go to anyone else."

— Kelly N.

"I really appreciate how friendly, positive, and kind everyone in the office is. Dr. Hildebrand and his staff took care of my kids very well, and I loved them so much I came back for me! They are always willing to take the time to explain anything, from the treatment to the financial side of things, which I greatly appreciate."

— Daniele

"This practice is a wonderful place, especially for teens/children. You can tell they go the extra mile to focus on young adults and in doing so help them to feel more at ease. My 14-year-old daughter (who does not enjoy dentist appointments) actually likes the atmosphere here and isn't nervous at all. Dr. Hildebrand and his staff just seem to have a way with their patients.."

— Kayleigh V.

"Everyone at the office is super cool. They're all so kind on the phone and in person. When I come in, it's like I'm their best friend that's been out of town for a while and they welcome me back! The service provided by Penny, Missy, and the others is awesome!!! They're always very personable and professional. Dr. H has a wonderful team, and they show it every visit!"

—Apolonio R.