Michael L. Ellis, D.D.S.

Meet Dr. Ellis

Dr. Michael Ellis is a well-respected, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon offering specialized care to patients throughout the DFW area of Texas. He is among a select few practitioners in the United States dual-trained in the dental specialties of oral and maxillofacial surgery and prosthodontics. Recognized internationally for his extensive, multidisciplinary knowledge and experience, Dr. Ellis has provided healthcare and education around the globe and is one of the foremost experts on addressing tooth loss secondary to congenital defects, facial trauma, or aging. As a gifted, accomplished, and skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon, his experience and reputation in the field are unparalleled, making him a highly revered practitioner uniquely qualified to address a wide range of treatment needs.

Education and Service

As a native of Dallas, TX, Dr. Ellis attended Dallas Public Schools and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. He completed his formal studies at Baylor College of Dentistry where he earned his doctorate in dental surgery, a certificate in prosthodontics, and a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has held numerous professional appointments as an attending surgeon, associate professor, director and chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and as a colonel in the United States Army Reserve. Dr. Ellis has served on the Baylor University Medical Center staff and has lectured, presented, and authored publications on topics, ranging from sedation and anesthesia to bone regeneration, implant dentistry, and facial aesthetic surgery. He is a former board examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and served as the examination content authority for implant dentistry.

Experience and Expertise

Over a dynamic career spanning decades, Dr. Ellis has amassed a vast body of knowledge and experience that appoints him as a leading expert on oral and maxillofacial surgery. He successfully served as the Residency Program Director for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Texas A&M College of Dentistry and as the Residency Program Director and Chief of Service in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center. Along with these distinct appointments, Dr. Ellis served for three years as the chair of the Committee on Anesthesia for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and participated in the creation of a national training model for the management of simulated anesthesia emergencies.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Ellis's primary areas of interest include multidisciplinary treatment planning for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the teeth and jaws with dental implants and the comfortable surgical removal of complex tooth impaction with appropriate and safe levels of anesthesia and anxiety reduction. His main areas of research interest lie within bone growth processes to enhance and facilitate the rapid orthodontic movement of teeth, as well as identifying factors related to implant surgical success. Dr. Ellis lectures nationally on opioid abuse and was appointed as an inaugural member of the Texas A&M Opioid Task Force. As a dedicated advocate, he facilitated numerous community events around the state, including the training of healthcare practitioners in the emergency administration of Narcan for the treatment of suspected opioid overdose.

Certifications and Affiliations

Dr. Ellis has been certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for over two decades. In an effort to continually bring the highest standard of care to his patients, he maintains active memberships in a number of distinguished professional and scholarly societies:

  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Diplomate
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American College of Prosthodontists
  • American College of Dentists
  • International College of Dentists
  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association
  • Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • North Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Southwest Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Dallas County Dental Society
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon

Recent Publications

A leading authority in oral and maxillofacial surgical medicine, Dr. Ellis has authored a wide range of professional publications. Some of his most recent works include:


Refereed Papers

Vu D, Ellis M, Vandergriff T, Naidu A. Scalp mass in a 66-year-old female.

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology. 2017 Jun;126(6) 627-633.


Havard D, Cheng YL, Ellis ML. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Case of the

Month. Tex Dent J; 2012;1212-13,1226-27.


Spencer AC, Campbell PM, Dechow PC, Ellis ML, Buschang PH. How does the

rate of dentoalveolar distraction affect the bone regenerate produced? Am J Orthod

Dentofacial Orthop; 2011;140:e211-e221.


Moore M, Campbell PM, Dechow PC, Ellis ML, Buschang PH. Effects of latency

on the quality and quantity of bone produced by dentoalveolar distraction osteogenesis.

Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2011;140:470-478.



Review Articles

Ellis ML. Longitudinal clinical effectiveness of osseointegrated dental implants:

the Toronto study. Dental Study Club Journal of Continuing Education 1992;1(4):





Ripperger D, Ellis ML. Resident-Placed Implants Show Increased Survival Rates Compared to Faculty. American Association of Dental Research Poster Competition.

AADR, Fort Lauderdale, Florida March 22, 2018.


Haddad JI, Almony JS, Ellis ML, Hanson LJ. Osteochondroma of the mandibular

condyle presenting as temporomandibular joint dysfunction: a case report. General

Dentistry 2002; 50(2):2000.


Ellis ML*, Harper RP, Schneiderman ED. Condylar stability in centric relation

occlusion after orthognathic surgery. J Dent Res1996;75(SI):47, Abstr. No. 234.



Book Chapters

Ellis ML. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disease. In: Office Anesthesia

Evaluation Manual, AAOMS 8th Edition, 2012, Part III Ch.1;13-20.


Ellis ML, Schow SR, Triplett RG. Oral surgery. In: Urgent Care in the Dental

Office. An Essential Handbook. Terezhalmy GT and Batizy LG, eds. Ch. 10.


"I’ve been researching dental implants for over 10 months. Spoke and met with many, with total disappointment! With “surprise” additional charges! I have to say that Dr Ellis and his staff are true professionals. From my initial phone call with Ms.Taylor to discussing the procedure, the no nonsense all inclusive pricing, and the process details with Dr Ellis, I experienced their dedication and attention to my concerns first hand. Can’t wait to get my new smile in a few weeks. 👍 10/27 UPDATEi I had my procedure done today! All teeth (upper) removed and had 5 implants and temp dentures installed while the gums heal! I had serious issues about going under and especially the “after pain” during the recovery process (I had read horror stories). This was the easiest and less painful dental experience ever. The staff was there with me throughout the procedure! After, had some minor swelling and discomfort for about an hour and a half. Picked up their prescription painkillers at CVS and to my surprise, No pain after that, I mean zero pain at all? I was waiting for the brutal pain to hit, and nothing. All my concerns and appreciations were for nothing These folks deserve 10 start 👍👍"



"Update on my recovery from surgery. Had my upper teeth removed and implants installed on 10/27. Today is 11/09 about two weeks later and all is well. Today I was eating steak at Tx Roadhouse (in small bite size pieces). This has been a life changing event for me.I hesitated out of fear and cost for so many years. And now I can smile confidently thanks to Dr Ellis and his wonderful staff. Why did I choose Dr Ellis? After meeting with many other facilities, Dr Ellis was the only one to breakdown everything, simple, clear and concise. No surprises and with no “other” down the road charges. And, Dr Ellis’s credentials are beyond impressive. His vast experience gave me the assurance that I would be in the right hands. And, all my doubts, hesitations, fears, pain and discomfort were all unnecessarily self imposed. I’ve had more pain hitting my shin on the boat trailer than with this procedure. Can’t wait to have my permanent teeth installed in February. If you are thinking about doing this, You would be amiss by not consulting with Dr. Ellis. Absolutely 5 Stars!"



"I had such a wonderful experience with Dr.Carmichael and all of his team. Provided great detail of the whole process and what to expect afterwards. When it came to billing I received information via text with an estimated cost of the visit. The front desk receptionist I didn't catch her name but she's very detail oriented and ensured I had all my paperwork."



"This has to be the easiest and smoothest dental experience I have ever had! Dr. Carmichael was great. He listened to my needs and did exactly what I needed. I got 2 wisdom teeth removed and a molar removed. All in all after paperwork the procedure took no longer than 45 minutes and I felt 0 pain with the IV sedation! I highly recommend this location for dental work and I will be coming back if ever needed. My only complaint is that it is on the pricier side but well worth the work. It has now been 12 hours since my procedure and no signs of swelling and very minimal pain as expected. The staff was very professional and made me feel comfortable. The front receptionist was amazing as well, helped out with payment options and made everything a breeze! Like I said this location was great and Dr. Carmichael did an amazing job!"



"I had a great experience here. Was super nervous about the procedure and Roberto did a excellent job at calming me down. Dr. Carmichael was super nice and didn't rush when I was asking alot of questions. I had one wisdom tooth removed and barely had any pain after. They are on the pricey side but definitely worth it."



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