The Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in Seattle, Washington specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a focus on wisdom tooth removal, dental implants, sedation, orthognathic surgery and facial reconstruction, obstructive sleep apnea, pathology, and more.
How do I become a patient?
The University of Washington Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery phone hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For appointments, patients should call 206-543-5860 and select option #1. It is recommended that you obtain a Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery Referral Form (PDF) from your dentist or physician and bring it with you to your appointment.
Fees and Insurance
Many oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures are covered by medical insurance. In order to facilitate best coverage, please bring both your medical and dental insurance cards to your appointment.
The Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery is located at 6222 NE 74th Street, Seattle, the Washington Dental Services Building at Magnuson Park. Parking is free. Free Wi-Fi access is available to patients and visitors.
If there is an emergency after being treated at the Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, the patient should page the “oral and maxillofacial surgery resident on call” at our affiliated Harborview Medical Center by calling 206-744-3000 after hours, weekends or holidays. Please be sure to identify yourself as a patient at the Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery. During regular business hours (7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), post-operative questions and problems should be addressed by calling the Clinic 206-543-5860. If you experience a life-threatening emergency, dial 911.
What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Management and removal of third molars (wisdom teeth)
- Orthognathic surgery
- Operative management of obstructive sleep apnea
- Evaluation and management of nerve injuries
- Trauma care
- Dental implants
- Treatment for cancers and lesions of the face and jaw
- Repair of congenital defects and developmental anomalies of the face
- Facial reconstruction
- Temporomandibular joint and pain control
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are licensed to administer office-based anesthesia, including local anesthesia, conscious sedation, intravenous sedation, and general anesthesia, providing a range of options for the comfort and safety of our patients.
- After your oral surgery pamphlet (PDF)
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery glossary
- More oral and maxillofacial surgery patient resources
Meet Our Oral Surgeons
Dr. Thomas B. Dodson, Oral Surgeon, Chair
Dr. Thomas Dodson, DMD, MPH, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Formerly Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Dodson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Dodson is Chief of Service at the University of Washington Medical Center and practices the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. O. Ross Beirne, Oral Surgeon
Dr. Ross Beirne, DMD, PhD, is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Beirne is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Andrea Burke, Oral Surgeon
Andrea Burke, DMD, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Burke joined the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery team at the University of Washington after completing the Dental Clinical Research Fellowship Program at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, MD. She trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, and obtained her D.M.D. and M.D. degrees from Harvard University. Dr. Burke is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. She practices the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, with a special interest in skeletal diseases.
Dr. Melanie S. Lang, Oral Surgeon
Melanie Lang, DDS, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Lang is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Lang practices at both the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center. Prior to joining the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery team at the University of Washington, Dr. Lang was in private practice for fourteen years. Dr. Lang practices the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with a special interest and fellowship training in Facial Cosmetic Surgery.