Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon may diagnose, treat or perform surgery to resolve injuries or issues in the head, neck, face, jaws and hard and soft oral tissues. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is recognized internationally as a surgical specialty.
The most recognized form of oral surgery is tooth extraction. Reasons for tooth extraction can include:
- impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth
- teeth beyond repair either from tooth decay, root fracture, or trauma
- primary teeth that have failed to fall out, preventing the eruption of permanent teeth
- orthodontic treatment plans, which may require the removal of some teeth to reduce crowding and achieve the optimum result.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Orthognathic surgery, known as jaw surgery to most, is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Common reasons for jaw surgery include:
- TMJ (short for temporomandibular joint pain) and dysfunction caused by trauma or deformation
- major or minor trauma to the jaw
- malocclusion or incorrect bite
- clenching, or grinding of the teeth, which causes excessive tooth wear
- difficulty chewing, eating, opening and closing the mouth, or talking
- incorrect jaw position, which can lead to an out-of-proportion facial appearance
Your dentist will refer you to see an oral surgeon if he or she feels your situation will benefit from a surgical treatment option.
Dental implants are becoming a common procedure to replace missing teeth or to provide stability to a new or existing denture.
Performed by a dentist or oral surgeon, the procedure for placing a dental implant may vary depending on the technique used by the dentist or surgeon, and by the type of implant used. Most people who have had a dental implant report the recovery was similar to that of a tooth extraction, and they were able to return to normal eating within a week of the procedure.
Detection and Treatment of Diseases
Dentists are trained to detect oral cancer, as the signs of this devastating disease typically go unnoticed and are not easily detected.
If your dentist discovers something suspicious in an area of your mouth, face, neck, or jaw that may have an underlying problem, a biopsy may be performed to further diagnose a possible condition. A biopsy is usually a surgical procedure that is used to remove a piece of tissue in an area of the body that is suspected as being diseased.
You may be referred to an oral surgeon for the biopsy, but in some cases, this procedure may be performed by your general dentist. Oral surgery is commonly used to treat oral cancer and may be used as a combination treatment with radiation therapy.
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