Dr. John Scuba

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Columbus, GA
27 years experience male

Locations

Columbus Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C/John R Scuba MD/DDS

Columbus, GA

Address

4405 N. Stadium Dr. Suite A, Columbus, GA, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Alabama

Tricare

Aetna

About

Bio

Board certified oral and maxillofacial, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgeon Dental implant specialist

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, German

Doctor Q&A

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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
What is oral surgery: The only recognized dental specialty requiring four (or more) years of hospital based training after dental school where sedation and general anesthes... Read More
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Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Palatal expanders: A large body of "information" is often advanced supporting use of devices which claim to "expand" palates, "when done at an early age". The issue is w... Read More
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Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Hip graft: It usually takes a couple weeks to recover from the limp and soreness. The skill of the surgeon is also in play. A good or team of surgeon and or staf... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Snoring and septum: Which doctor, your pcp or ent, is recommending? In most studies septoplasty does nothing to cure snoring. Septoplasty "staightens" the wall between th... Read More
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Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Sinus grafting: It depends on the technique. Some are done through the ridge (crestal approach) others from a lateral window. Sounds technical, but if doctor uses the... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Stop sore throat: Unfortunately, you cant. Once a virus (if viral) or a bacteria sets into the tissues, the disease will progress to resolution in most cases. This may ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Preejaculation: Premature ejaculation is common. Premature ejaculation may occur with a new partner. It may happen only in certain sexual situations or if it has been... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Root canal and X-ray: How a root canal “looks” on X-ray doesn’t matter. Symptoms like these may imply a “mouth” ulcer—from the procedure and instrumentation, or from an unr... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Muscles and gums: Not sure who or what the maxifollist is. In gums where there are no teeth pain due to muscle spasm is quite unlikely. What you may be experiencing is... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Lipid profile: It's great you lost weight, butyYour triglycerides are too high. Some statins cause problems, but others a worth a try. Fish oil has been advocated fo... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Virus symptoms/signs: Most infectious agents tend to elevate temperature, depending on viral load. And "normal" temps (even in a single individual) very widely during the d... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Stool shape: There are many variables which can affect the size and shape of stool, including the diet, state of physical hydration or dehydration, associated bowe... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
BPPV: The amount of time to train the brain to adapt to the symptoms of BPPV is unknown. Particularly with hormonal changes of menstruation, the intermitten... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Swollen joint: Any joint swelling persisting this long needs careful evalution and treatment. WHile it may be any number of things, including gout or other arthritis... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Ankle sprain: A most frustrating injury, ankle sprains can be worse than a fracture, as the ligaments are weakened or stretched. Recurring injury as described weake... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Duplicate meds: Adding a second antihistamine drug of the same class as the first doesn't make sense. That said, the "double dose" of decongestant (the "D") is not a... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Digestion: Many vegetables are partly indigestible and pass thru the digestive tract in whole or in part. Dietary fiber consists of non-starch polysaccharides su... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Oral infection: You may be dealing with an ongoing problem with a wisdom tooth. Particularly if partially or near totally "impacted" (hopelessly trapped in bone and o... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Crash diets: Little to nothing can be done and rapid weight loss schemes abound, mostly to take your money and possibly hurt you. If you have a "report" date, the ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Swollen lymph node: A CT is neither "negative" nor "positive". CT looks for other possible causes for a swollen node besides the bad tooth. But it is not a "final" diagno... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Back lump: Anything you can't see needs to be "seen" by someone who can give a reasonable guess what it is. Then, how to "diagnose" the lump is another matter. A... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Head masses: the two are likely unrelated. See a physician for an exam. The causes of dizziness are myriad and without more information and an exam its hard to say... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Abscessed tooth: It is inexplicable that the dentist "removed" abscess, yet he did no extraction. That is precisely how an abscess is "treated" in the absence of other... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Knee injury: The management of acute injury is rice. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation. No heat for the first 48 to 72 hours. Rest or avoid leg training until... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
sinusitis: See an otolaryngologist with whom you are comfortable. Any doc guessing that a patient may have 'life threatening' disease of any kind is counterprodu... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Hand physio: If it's your dominant hand, you could be unhappy and faced with long term or progressive restricted hand and finger movement, strength, and coordinati... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Hep C and B: There are many different types of tests for either, depending on the reason for the test. Tests for exposure to the disease, presence or activity or r... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Smoking: Smoking of any substance irritates tissues everywhere it touches. So while cannibus is not tobacco, there are still risks associated. Some studies hav... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Botox aftercare: Really there isn't much in the way of aftercare. Yes you can sleep on your stomach. Just don't rub or massage the area.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Dental work pregnant: It depends on what you mean by "major". Most noninvasive (ie nonsurgical) procedures (fillings, etc) are done quite well with local anesthetic alone. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Alcohol illness: It would be a good idea to seek help for your problem. Symptoms as described, while seemingly innocuous, may be a sign of more involved disease. Depen... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Hemifacial: Yes, many surgeries to help microsomia. Jaw reconstruction with osteotomies and grafting or distraction osteogenesis for improved oral function--far m... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
New workout regimen: The short answer is before beginning any new strenuous exercise regimen, you should have a complete physical exam and any testing which is indicated f... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Fungal infection: Yes, fungus, yeast are the same. There are many different types, from the more common thrush, to the more rare but destructive less known fungal infec... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Palate pain: Extraction of a single tooth can be stormy, even though "it's just a tooth". But when it involves 4 to 8 months of pain then recurs after such a long ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Forehead spur: Erik, bone trauma and a subperiosteal reactive osteoma would give a stony hard mass. There are benign tumors (osteomas) which present similarly. Not ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Diabetic: Diabetic is a term describing patients with abnormal blood sugar metabolism, most commonly high blood sugar, from either a complete lack of Insulin pr... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
fetor oris: Oral odors can e a result of dental disease or gum disease and the aroma can be quite offensive; particularly in smokers; an exam by a dentist can be ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Fast weight loss: Simply put, there is no "best" way to lose weight, and "fast" is never a good idea. Most weight loss (if permanent) comes with serious lifestyle and d... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
child head injury: At 7 days out the danger of life threatening intracranial injury may have passed but subdural hematoma can still exist. Unfortunately "symptoms" in an... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Herbals n gallstones: Many patients believe in (or are 'sold') the ill conceived notions that chinese herbs can cure everything from shingles to scoliosis. So if you think ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
5 week premature: Usually not. The lungs are nearly developed, as are the liver and kidneys, so at this late date your baby should be fine. There are any number of reso... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Lump under jaw: Lumps like these warrant a complete evaluation by an oral surgeon or other head and neck specialist, including xrays or ct scans. Sometimes they repre... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Tooth loss and ONJ: Onj is a result of the jaw's inability to repair itself after either osteoporosis drug or steroid therapy or radiation to the jaws. In the absence of ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Skin cancers: Skin cancers can masquerade as many things depending on natural skin tone and pigmentation, and other skin properties, such as freckling. The most imp... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Fatigue and diarrhea: Symptoms for this long while not uncommon should be evaluated. Many infectious diseases require careful screening, including good history (insect bite... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
School and health: Make sure you exercise frequent hand washing, good hygiene, get flu shots, along with healthy habits like good balanced diet, adequate rest and exerci... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
IV sedation: While it may not seem so, this is a "technique sensitive" operative procedure in a relatively inaccessible area and involves noxious stimuli like the ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Stomach pain: The first question is could you be or are you pregnant? Home testing can answer that question. Then the next thing to address is fatigue, dizziness, n... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Molars and sinuses: "Symptomatic" molars in the upper jaw often prompt root canal therapy when underlying sinus problems are in play. Root canals may fail to 'cure' the t... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Jun 11, 2013
Clear, comprhensive, insightful answers for both patients and other physicians. I recommend Dr. Scuba for your medical/surgical questions
Feb 18, 2014
An extremely knowledgeable Oral Surgeon.
Mar 20, 2015
Great OMFS!!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I brought the images to my primary care but she didn't really seem too interested with looking t the actual images- only cared what the report from the imaging center s...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. My profile picture is the bulging on the wall. I wasn't sure if it was significant, but from your answer I'll get it checked. Again thank you very much for yo...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! We'll be going in to have it looked at for sure, thanks for your response. He has regular checks already, but this is gross and out of no where.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, TX
Graduated 1996MD

Medical/Graduate school

Ohio State University College of Dentistry
Graduated 1978MD

Residency

Type in hospital

Residency

Brooke Army Medical Center, SA TX 1986-1990

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Jun 1996
Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society , Jun 1978
Army Commendation Medals 1980, 1990, 2003

Affiliations

Fellow, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Fellow, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons
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