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  • Richard Shamo MD


Maxillofacial Surgery Specialist

Dr. Richard James Shamo is a Maxillofacial Surgery Specialist in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He graduated with honors from University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine in 2011. Having more than 5 years of diverse experiences, especially in Maxillofacial Surgery.

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The Oral Surgery program, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County specializes in
recognizing and treating a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head,
neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions.

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The last teeth to develop and erupt in the mouth are typically the third molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. This process is usually completed between the middle teenage years and early twenties. When they erupt with sufficient space and are surrounded by healthy gum tissue, they can provide a lifetime of service and do not need to be removed.For many people, there is not enough room in the jaws for this to occur normally. Inadequate space can lead to impacted teeth, which can lead to serious complications such as infections or damage to adjacent teeth and periodontal tissue. The best time to remove impacted or otherwise problematic wisdom teeth is during their period of development. Doing so at this young age is associated with a better post-operative course and fewer complications. While this procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, most people prefer to be unaware of the experience and prefer sedation during surgery. As a licensed Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Shamo is able to offer a full range of anesthetic options to make sure you are comfortable during your procedure. During the consultation appointment, you and your doctor will discuss which option works best for you.

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Dental implants represent the one of the most significant advances in dentistry. Once damage to a tooth has reached the point that the tooth can no longer be saved, it is usually extracted. The loss of one or more teeth can significantly affect the health of the remaining teeth in your mouth as well as your appearance, speech and ability to chew food. For most people, dental implants are an ideal restorative solution. They can often be placed during the same appointment as the extraction and function like natural teeth to keep your bone and gums healthy. Because they are made from titanium, dental implants integrate well with your bone and tissues. Even persons with allergies to metals are unlikely to have a reaction. Unlike natural teeth, dental implants cannot decay or become sensitive. Even if you have no teeth, or currently have dentures, dental implants can be used to help stabilize your denture or support a full mouth restoration. Dr. Shamo will work with your dentist to provide you with options so that you are equipped to decide what works best in your case.

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During growth and development, the upper jaw (maxilla) and the lower jaw (mandible) form critical functional and esthetic components of the face. Inadequate or excessive growth of either component, trauma, or injury can cause misalignment of the jaws that may affect appearance as well as the ability to eat, speak, and breath normally. This can also contribute significantly to problems ranging from crowding or misalignment of teeth to serious conditions such as sleep apnea. Corrective Jaw Surgery, also known as “Orthognathic Surgery” repositions the upper and lower jaws to a more natural position, correcting many functional and aesthetic problems. It is planned and performed as a combined effort between your orthodontist who straightens the teeth with braces and the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon who performs surgery to reposition the jaws and chin. This procedure results in a healthier, more aesthetic and functional relationship of the jaws and facial structures.

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Oral & Maxillofacial receive extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of facial injuries from lacerations and dental injuries to complex mandible, upper face and cheek fractures. Dr. Shamo is well trained to manage all types of facial injuries and provide the best aesthetic and functional results.

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The Oral Surgery staff is proud to be a part of the Rock Springs community and are eager to help the residents of Sweetwater County and beyond with their oral heath needs. The expertise of Dr. Shamo, coupled with the state of the art facilities at Memorial Hospital will ensure that you can keep smiling.


  • I had a lot of anxiety when I went in to get my wisdom teeth removed. But Dr. Shamo and his staff were extremely helpful in putting me at ease, and my mouth was back to normal a lot faster than I though when I originally scheduled my appointment.

  • Dr. Shamo is the best!! I had been worried about a Rock Springs doctor, but this oral surgeon is as good as Dr. Piers in Park City!

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Address: 1180 College Dr Rock Springs, WY 82901 Phone:(307) 352-8567

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