The Practice

We are known for being highly skilled and compassionate, combining an established reputation with cutting-edge technology.

For over four decades, people in southeastern North Carolina have trusted the specialists of Carolinas Oral & Facial Surgery Center for excellent care. Our surgeons are known for being highly skilled and compassionate, combining an established reputation with cutting-edge technology. In fact, many of our patients have returned years later with their children and grandchildren when they are in need of surgical services.

A medical and dental specialty, oral and maxillofacial surgery requires up to six additional years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training. As exceptionally trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Bufalini, Dr. Booth, and Dr. Lemmon manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. Each practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with expertise ranging from corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal. Our doctors can also diagnose and treat facial pain and facial injuries, as well as perform a full range of dental implant procedures.

The surgical staff at Carolinas Oral & Facial Surgery Center also consists of experienced oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants, who are highly trained to assist in administration of IV sedation and surgery. All medical staff are CPR-certified and continuously monitor patients during and after surgery.

“Huge thank you to Dr. Booth for seeing my daughter on an urgent basis yesterday. We appreciate you!” – Jody S.

Our Offices

Carolinas Oral & Facial Surgery Center conveniently operates offices in Wilmington, Whiteville and Jacksonville.

Our main office, at 1305 Physicians Drive in Wilmington, is a full-service, state-of-the-art oral surgery center. It is also home to The Dental Implant Center, a division of COFSC wholly dedicated to that procedure.

Conveniently located in these communities, the Scotts Hill facility in Wilmington is located at 9020 Senca Dr. Suite 230 (Starting May 2021), the Whiteville location is 709 Jefferson Street, and our Jacksonville address is 52 Office Park Dr., Suite A.

Please see our contact page for further information.

We serve Wilmington, as well as all of southeastern North Carolina, making your experience as convenient as possible. We realize that no one looks forward to oral surgery, and we strive to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible.

Mark E. Bufalini


After attending dental school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Bufalini completed both medical school and his residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where he was the Chief Resident.

Dr. Bufalini was a staff surgeon at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, NC, before moving to Wilmington. He also served as the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program Assistant Director and Implant Coordinator during his time at Womack Army Medical Center, where he performed full-scope OMS surgeries, including jaw surgeries and facial reconstruction. In addition, Dr. Bufalini mentored dental students through the AGED program.

Dr. Bufalini recently served as the President of the Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society from 2013-2014.

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Dr. Bufalini is board certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Michael S. Booth


Dr. Booth, a native of Fayetteville, NC, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both his undergraduate and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees. While on active duty with the United States Navy, he completed a General Practice Residency at Camp Pendleton, CA and his Oral Surgery Residency in San Diego, CA.

After leaving the Navy, Dr. Booth returned to Fayetteville to practice. The pull of the ocean brought him to Wilmington, joining Carolinas Oral & Facial Surgery Center in January 2013. Passionate about volunteer work, Dr. Booth regularly provides compassionate charity care to those in need at St. Mary’s Dental Clinic and the Missions of Mercy Dental Program. He also currently serves as secretary for the Tri-County Dental Society.

Dr. Booth is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Steven T. Lemmon


Dr. Lemmon is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and The Ohio State University, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, where he also completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery internship. A Wilmington native, Dr. Lemmon graduated from Eugene Ashley High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

While in his residency training program at Ohio State, Dr. Lemmon obtained a vast amount of experience in many oral surgery specialty areas, including facial trauma, oral cancers, extractions and implant placements. He was also very active in community outreach and volunteer initiatives, including several that raised funds for oral cancer research and for The Cleft Palate Foundation.