Patient Information

What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

“Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the specialty of dentistry which includes the surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region”- American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery requires up to 6 additional years of hospital based surgical and anesthesia training. 

Our Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. They practice a full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with expertise in pathology, wisdom tooth removal, facial trauma, bone grafting and dental implant procedures.

Drs. Dwayne and Kevin Gross had a dream of opening a practice together. In 2006 this dream became a reality. The offices of Foothills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery were established. This father and son duo could now practice together and apply their patient care, standards, and philosophies in a pleasant and safe environment.

In August of 2006, Foothills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery opened for patient care in Lenoir City and Athens. The Maryville office was under construction and opened its doors in December 2006.

Foothills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery was established to provide our community with personal and high quality comprehensive oral and maxillofacial surgery care. Our mission is that patients have a positive dental care experience in which they receive empathy, respect, and appreciation by our team members. We want every aspect of your visit with us to be as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

Surgical Staff

The surgical staff at Foothills Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are experienced, certified oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants.  All staff are informed administrative personnel, well versed in health and insurance policies, and are CPR certified. FOMS prides itself on having a highly trained and motivated staff that is eager to provide our patients with exceptional care and the highest quality of customer service.

Vision Statement

  • We are known in the community for providing exceptional customer care and wowing our patients so that positive comments are a common place.
  • Patients are routinely surprised by the positive dental care experience in which they receive empathy, respect, and appreciation by our team members.
  • We have an office schedule that minimizes stress and promotes an enjoyable and productive environment for the patient, the staff, and the doctor.
  • Each team member has a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities; we have developed office systems that foster a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment for all.