Oral & Maxillofacial
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a specialized field of surgery that involves the diagnosis, treatment, and management of conditions affecting the mouth, jaw, and face.
Some of the conditions treated by oral and maxillofacial surgeons include:
- Impacted teeth: This includes wisdom teeth that do not fully erupt and can cause pain, infection, and damage to surrounding teeth.
- Misaligned jaws: This includes conditions such as underbite, overbite, and crossbite, which can cause difficulty chewing, speaking, and breathing.
- Facial trauma: This includes injuries to the face, jaw, and mouth, such as fractures, dislocations, and lacerations.
- Oral cancer: This includes tumors that affect the mouth, tongue, and throat.
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ): This includes conditions that affect the joint that connects the jaw to the skull, such as arthritis, injury, or inflammation.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons may perform a variety of surgical procedures, including tooth extractions, orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery), bone grafting, and facial reconstruction.
After oral and maxillofacial surgery, the patient may experience some pain, swelling, and difficulty eating or speaking. It is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery requires specialized training and expertise, and it is important to choose a surgeon who is board-certified and experienced in the specific procedure you require.