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Dr. Wayne Roccia

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Pittsburgh , PA
18 years experience male

Locations

Office

Ellwood City, PA

Address

259 Country Club Dr., Ellwood City, PA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 0700am - 1200pm
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Office

New Castle , PA

North Pittsburgh Oral Surgery

Pittsburgh , PA

Office

Cranberry Township, PA

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

79 Answers
18 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Cold clear liquids: Often times these symptoms are associated with mild trauma to the throat. Cold, clear liquids are best. Symptoms should resolve in a day or two.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Irregular growth: Approximately 1 in 10 people have some type of irregular facial growth and development. For men, this can occur as late as 19-25 years of age.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Sedation meds: During the extraction of wisdom teeth there can be several different combinations of medications used for intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. ... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Not very common: The vast majority of dental implants placed are made of a surgical grade titanium alloy. This has become the standard due to strength and biocmpatibi... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Around 6 weeks: The palate forms from three sections that "drop into place" between 6 to 8 weeks gestation. Amazingly, most of the vital organs and processes are als... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Get back in the game: Depending on the difficulty of the extractions your surgeon will give specific post operative instructions, but expect to be back to normal within 48-... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
No need to worry: The extraction of wisdom teeth is a very straight forward procedure that can be done safely under intravenous sedation. With modern techniques and m... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Swelling: As with all surgical procedures, there are always some potential complications. Although an arthrocentesis procedure is considered a minimally invasi... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Probably yes: Implant supported or retained dentures provide for a much more stable and reproducable bite. This alone will significantly reduce your TMJ discomfort... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Absolutely: Several options are available to you including but not limited to orthognathic jaw surgery and chin augmentation surgery. Lots can be done to improve... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Oral surgeon office: In our pittsburgh based oral surgery office, most of our patients come from referrals from general dentists. Although some general dentists have the... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Just fatigue: In most cases facial and jaw pain is related to muscular fatigue. Chances are that you are grinding your teeth at night as well. Consult with your d... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Gum disease or gingivitis can also be associate with the condition known as periodontal disease. Several medical studies have linked periodontal dise... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Tmj arthroscopy is possible in the hands of a trained and skilled surgeon. Debate continues as to the long term success of such surgery versus other ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Crazy detail: Orthognathic surgery is extremely complex. Sit down with your local board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to discuss specifics. Each surger... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
No: Wisdom teeth are the most common congenitally missing teeth. No worries.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
For sure: Since you have been used to looking at your teeth partially covered by orthodontic brackets for quite some time, when they are removed your teeth will... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Absolutely: Oral hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of caries. Diets low in sticky foods and sugars will help as well. See your dentist regularly for... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: An MRI of the TMJ will allow your surgeon to evaluate the meniscus and determine its position relative to the other joint components and muscles.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Removal of the sourc: Many times chronic infections of the upper jaw (maxilla) and sinus area are associated with infected molar teeth whose roots can extend into the sinus... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Orthodonic therapy regardless of the type can be utilized after bone grafting procedures. Be careful that your appliances don't damage the tissues if... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Bite off: Malocclusion is simply when the teeth do not fit in an anatomically correct position. This can be the result of numerous things. Consulting your den... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Radiographs that are taken of you, belong to you. You may request a copy of each radiograph. Each state may be different, so if there is an issue, d... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Lots and lots: Most dental practices that have a periodontal component rely very heavily on the dental hygienists. Routine maintenance and monitoring of periodontal... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
By exclusion: Leukoplakia is simply an unknown white area in your mouth. If you see such an area, it should be evaluated and often biopsied to determine the exact ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Absolutely: Invisalign, and any orthodontics for that matter, will work at any age as long as the teeth are healthy. Often times adults do better with invisalig... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Simple mouth guard: Often times grinding the teeth at night, also known as bruxism, is a condition that can be treated with a custom mouth appliance. See you dentist to ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Very safe and easy : General anesthesia and deep IV sedation are excellent, safe and comfortable options for the extraction of wisdom teeth. Be sure to check the credenti... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
None really: A cavity or caries is just tooth decay that has penetrated the hard outer enamel layer of your tooth.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Not too bad: Reconstructive jaw surgery requires the surgeon to dissect around several of the "feeling" nerves in your head and face. These nerves temporarily shu... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
NO WAY: In most cases dental implants are not painful at all! in our practice most dental implant patients do not require any pain medicine other than over t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Sure: There are several surgical options and approaches to "change a flat face" this can be done by means including but not limited to facial implants, bon... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Wait and watch: An root canal should be finished in close proximity to the time that it was started. Leaving it half completed is like waiting for the time bomb to g... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
3 is enough: Brushing your teeth more than 3-4 times per day can cause damage to your teeth called tooth brush abrasion. Also mouth wash with high concentrations ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Great option: Arthrocentesis is often times a great, minimally invasive option to treat some TMJ issues. Usually arthrocentesis procedures are most beneficial for ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Stabilizing your occlusion should help to reduce many causes of TMJ discomfort. Dental implants are a great way to help dentures fit much better. If... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Usually the tooth: Sensivity to both hot and cold are usually indicative of dental in origin issues.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Often times: Sensivity to hot and cold often times is a sign of inflammation of the tooth nerve, called pulpitis. The treatment is root canal therapy.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Orthodontist: Your local orthodontist is the expert in dental occlusion. They will be able to develop a treatment plan to fit your expectations.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Any time that work is being done in the oral cavity there can be an increase in salivary flow. Not to worry.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Probably not: The traditional approach to TMJ surgery utilizes the same exact incision used for face lifts, so the incision and healing are very cosmetic in nature ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
No: With a simple arthroscopy procedure it is not necessary to wire the jaws.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Could be toradol: Each anesthesiologist uses a different combination of medications, but often times toradol is used. Toradol is a very strong NSAID used for post oper... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Keep it clean: Infections of the wisdom teeth can spread into very serious facial and airway issues, so at all cost see your dentist! if unable, the nearest emergen... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
About 7-10 days: Tooth extraction sites usually within 7-10 days. The bone needed to support your immediate denture usually requires 6-8 weeks of healing prior to fin... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Its possible: Pregnancy is associated with an increase in hormone levels including estrogen and progesterone. Lip and gum swelling have been associated with both.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
See your dentist: Often times puffy gums from mouth breathing can be corrected with orthodontic therapy or surgical intervention. Your general dentist should be able t... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Not that uncommon: Over the age of 18 or so, there is an increased risk of irritation of the nerve that runs in our lower jaw that gives feeling to our lip, tongue and c... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Everyone's different: Over the age of 30, asymptomatic wisdom teeth without any related pathology or other issues should be monitored on a routine basis by your general de... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Not to worry: Often times the medications used during intravenous sedation for wisdom teeth extraction actually are the same medications that can be used to treat a... Read More

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Mar 19, 2015
Great Dentist!!!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Roccia is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Roccia is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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thank you cause im veryy scared to have mines removed but its causing mr pain. and im still scared im sooo scared i want to turn it away but i have to get it. im just afraid of fiiling them take my te...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so very much.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Completed 2008
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