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Dr. John Scuba

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Columbus, GA
26 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

Tuesday: 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Carrots: Eat the carrots. Instead of the ranch, go bare, or use yogurt to make it.
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A 75-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Reclast (zoledronic acid) and teeth: It pays to be very careful. Bone affected by potent bisphosphonates lke Reclast (zoledronic acid) does not always heal well. Even after a "simple" too... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Phentermine: The last thing a recovering addict needs is another "pill". Besides a host of other side effects, there is nervous system stimulation, tremor, anxiety... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Lump under jaw: While gp is a good place to start, a more experienced head/neck/oral maxillofacial surgeon should evaluate such things. A good clinical exam, possibly... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Bad tooth: Treatment, not pain pills, are the remedy for painful, abscessed teeth. Depending on your wishes, the tooth should have a root canal or be extracted. ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Weak jaw line: Complaints of a weak jaw line should be evaluated by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon . Often the result of incoordinate growth of the jaws and posit... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Dizzy not swallowing: Elderly patients with sudden onset dizziness and swallowing difficulty should be evaluated immediately. While many things can cause either one indepen... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Blood clots and BCPs: Abdominal pain, chest pain, headache, blurred vision, and swelling in the thighs or legs may be serious signs. Often in a leg clots may be silent or c... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
School and mono: While rest is fine until you feel well, as long as you are able to study yet still get adequate rest, it should be fine to start. However, 8 months is... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Head pain: Hard to say. Is the headache there when you aren't bending or stooping? Have upper airways and sinuses evaluated, and review all meds, particularly th... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Dimples and teeth: It is very difficult to understand how such nonsense becomes planted in the minds of folks undergoing such procedures. The chances of dimples being af... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Neck lump: Likely a skin surface cyst or infection, it would be best to see a doctor to determine the best course. Otherwise, warm moist compresses and avoid squ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Wisdom teeth: After extraction 3 weeks ago, numbness is highly unusual. See the doctor who removed the teeth. Otherwise, a visit to an oral surgeon for evaluation i... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Hypersensitive teeth: Tooth sensitivity is a recognized after effect of dental restorative work. Some discomfort is normal, but should resolve with time. It's best to make ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
"repeat" root canal: The misunderstanding is that the inside of the tooth canals are "cleaned" out. In many cases the dentist will wait and not "fill" them with a "final" ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Oral pain: These are problems that can't be resolved without a complete oral and head and neck exam. See a physician or oral surgeon immediately
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Anal pain: Hard to say. Have you had pain before? Are you straining at stool or have you had constipation? Any change in diet or physical or intimate activity? I... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Lisp: the sudden development of a lisp deserves an evaluation of the teeth, tongue, and oral cavity. So a dental exam is in order. Sometimes the thin attach... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Tongue taste buds: See your dentist or an oral surgeon. Many patients mistake vallate papilla near the back of the tongue for lesions or 'enlargements'. That whitish coa... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Painful hardware: Any time there is foreign material, including well intentioned screws used to repair fractures, and the hardware is symptomatic, that hardware should ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Pregnant: In such cases, the best way to tell is to do a home pregnancy test. There are many variables in becoming pregnant, including viability of sperm, ova, ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
TMJ MRI: There is no diagnostic study to confirm that tinnitus is due to TMJ disease. MRI is a limited study with few images, and VERY technique sensitive. Unl... Read More
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A 94-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Neck swelling: What you describe is not likely a swollen muscle, but a neck mass, swollen gland, or other infectious entity. Whether or not there is pain in the mout... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Tooth goo: First, make sure you brush thoroughly before bedtime including the tongue. Food remaining overnight can make a sticky and adherent discolored film. Se... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Jaw surgery: These issues cannot be answered in a short 400 word forum. If you are "very wary", then you need to hear specifics-- as well as "other options". "Seve... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
EKG and MVP: It doesn't show up on an ekg.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Flushing implant: Ask the dentist the direct question--what are you doing it for? When anything is "flushed" it implies "something" (pus, debris, etc) needs to be remov... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Roots in sinuses: Many teeth with roots in sinuses are quite sensitive and become painful with sinus infection. However, unhealthy, decayed, periodontally unsound, infe... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Don't: Don't use tobacco, practice good hygiene, read and follow the surgeon's postoperative instructions.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Herpes blood tests: Blood tests are often irrelevant, since finding antibodies to herpes just means that the body has been exposed to this virus at some point in the past... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Dizziness headache: How long? If more than a few weeks, see md or cardiologist. Holter monitor for electrical disturbances not seen on ECG is not a bad idea. BP diary a... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Facial fracture: A bit of advice is in order. As well as ENT or plastic surgeons, facial fractures are also commonly managed by oral surgeons, many who are also mds (i... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Bone and implants: It would be nice to "measure" the strength of bone prior to implants with some gadget or "meter". Many patients think only "bad bone" and "loss of cal... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Ulcer: Taking medicines-such as H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)-and making lifestyle changes, including avoiding nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Bump on neck: Depends where on the "neck" the mass is located. Just below the jawbone extends from the ear all the way to the chin, so salivary glands and lymph nod... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Swallowng difficulty: Many things can cause dysphagia or swallowing problems.Reflux disease (gerd), esophageal motility problems, strictures or other more ominous things li... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Bcps and muscles: It depends on the type of pill and what and where "muscle" soreness is located. Some symptoms may be more than "soreness", particularly in the lower e... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Throat catching: A retained foreign body (fishbone, etc) can be the culprit. But many things may cause difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), including reflux disease (ge... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
safe procedures: Every procedure has risks which should be thoroughly discussed. Despite this, what is less safe and even risky is not knowing the cause or extent of u... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Constipation: First, digitally removing stool is not a good idea. Trauma to the anal opening and rectum notwithstanding, pain and worsening discomfort may make the ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Weight loss: Balanced diet, regular exercise at least one hour daily four times per week, and healthy lifestyle without nicotine or alcohol. Absolutely no fast foo... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Inverted nipple: Best not to frustrate yourself. Some things are not suitable to home remedies especially anatomic deformities of this nature.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Thyroglossal cyst: The cystic cavity may drain its contents to the skin at any time. This in effect may cause it to "shrink" although the cyst itself is still present an... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Intubation for teeth: First, it is a serious mistake to assume intubation is ever "simple"! it isn't. Second, in the office setting, tooth extraction is rarely done on the ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Herbs: Definitely can cause many side effects. See someone else. Multiple drugs taken over such a short period of time is mysterious. How would any provider,... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Swollen cheek: Wisdome teeth, whether "growing" or not are usually in poor anatomic position in the jaw so problems come when they are malposed or "impacted". Swelli... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Closed lock: You have closed lock, a condition where there is obstruction to opening in the joint.As joints go, the TMJ and its disk are very mobile. Many patients... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Brain tumors: You can't feel a "brain" tumor (as your brain is encased in your skull). That is, unless you have a hole in your skull, which is highly unlikely. Anyt... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Wbc counts: While 11k is not all that high, it can rise after "events". Sounds like this may have occurred during a procedure, maybe a tooth extraction. How old i... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Bite: The wound is infected. Depending on whether animal or human, the wound needs inspection and treatment. See a doctor.
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Testimonials
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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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