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Homecoming: Latrobe Native Joins Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, LTD
By Daniel Casciato

Eric Strayer, DMDLatrobe native Eric Strayer, DMD, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is coming back home to become part of the practice of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, LTD. He joins current partners, Robert Queale, DMD and Michael Buckley, DMD, MS. 

“I’m blessed with the opportunity to be able to come home and do what I love and help the people in the community where I grew up,” says Dr. Strayer.

Dr. Strayer, a graduate of Grove City College, earned his dental degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

He originally decided to pursue dentistry because of his uncle, the late Dr. Thomas X. Kissell, who was a dentist in the Latrobe area.

“After getting into dental school, I was exposed to the oral surgery clinics at the school and really enjoyed it,” says Dr. Strayer. “I decided that I wanted to continue on to become an oral surgeon, which took another four years of training.”

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, LTD manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. It offers patients a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery expertise including extractions and wisdom tooth removal.

The oral surgeons can diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, fractures, and TMJ disorders, as well as perform a full range of dental implant and bone grafting procedures. This also includes techniques designed to rebuild bone structure with minimal surgical intervention and optimal patient comfort.

The surgical staff are certified trained oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants. They have Registered Nurses and Surgical Technologists trained in assisting with intravenous (IV) sedation or outpatient general anesthesia in the office setting. Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery.

In addition to the opportunity to return home, Dr. Strayer found Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, LTD to be a perfect fit for him. He has known Dr. Queale and Dr. Buckley for years and looks forward to working with them.

“They’re wonderful guys and great surgeons,” he says. “I wanted to join a practice that had the experience they have. Throughout the years they have focused on building their relationships with patients and dentists from all over which has helped them become a successful practice.”

The practice has three offices in the region: Latrobe, Greensburg and Murrysville.

“The three surgeons will rotate between the three offices so patients won’t have to travel too far when they are seeking treatment,” says Dr. Strayer.

This benefits the patients, he adds.

The practice also offers extended office hours on select days, sends appointment reminders, and provides patients with a quick turnaround time on calls and appointment requests.

Sometimes surgery is unavoidable, but if you want to keep your mouth healthy, Dr. Strayer says to simply practice good dental hygiene.

“Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and be sure to go and see your dentist every six months,” he says. “Your dentist can spot any issues that you might be having and can refer you for our services when necessary.”

For more information on Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, visit their website at www.westmorelandoms.com or call 724-837-7770.

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