Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

As Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons, we are uniquely qualified to manage the range of diseases that can affect the head, mouth and neck region in a way that not only treats the disease, but also restores the patient’s function and enjoyment of life.

-Dr. Holtzen

Head, Neck & Oral Growth Removal

Even benign tumors, cysts, and growths can have an adverse affect on your health and quality of life. If managed inappropriately, or left untreated, many of these diseases may progress from an inconvenience that needs management to a debilitating problem that deforms your appearance or affects your ability to speak, chew, or breath. In these instances, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon has the necessary expertise to help you eliminate your disease and restore your health.

Meet Your Doctor

R.F. John Holtzen, D.M.D. is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as by the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. His experience ranges from removal of small concerns for purely aesthetic reasons, to the reconstruction of large defects resulting from cancer surgery or other deformities. He has over 15 years of experience in the management of diseases of the head and neck.

Set Up Your Consultation

If you would like to learn your options for treating an issue related to Oral and Maxillofacial pathology, we may be able to help. To learn more about our services, and to see if we can assist you with your medical needs, contact our office today.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology FAQ’s

Our priority is always to minimize any discomfort a patient may experience. This includes administering the appropriate anesthesia during surgery as well as making every effort to manage post-surgical pain. Talk to your doctor and medical team about our recommendations for your specific circumstances and treatment.



Whether or not you will have a scar from your growth removal depends on a number of factors, most notably the size and type of your growth. Our surgeons are skilled in removing growths while minimize scarring. In addition, we also have treatments available that can help minimize the appearance of any scars that do form. Our extensive background in oral and maxillofacial surgery enables us to remove many tumors or cysts exclusively from inside the mouth, eliminating any visible scarring.


A benign tumor does not spread to other body parts like malignant cancers can. But most benign tumors or cysts of the head and neck region will, however, get slowly and progressively larger, destroying normal tissues as it progresses. Problems these entities may create include the destruction of normal tissues or the compression of nerves, blood vessels, or other structures. A tumor may obstruct a patient’s mouth, block the nose, or invade the eyes. In other cases, a patient may want to remove a benign tumor because of its appearance.

Many benign tumors are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Other factors that could cause benign tumors include toxins, stress, diet, infection, or trauma.

Some of these procedures are covered by the insurance company in full, while other procedures may not be covered at all. For example, a procedure to remove a growth that is affecting your eyesight may be covered, while having a mole removed for aesthetic reasons may not be covered. To learn more about your health insurance coverage, talk to your insurer and read your policy closely. As a service to our patients, Alpine Oral and Facial Surgery has staff with expertise in helping you maximize your insurance benefits.

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