Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Ideal oral health involves making sure that teeth are not only healthy but that the surrounding structures in and around the mouth function correctly. Maxillofacial Surgery, more commonly known as oral surgery, focuses on treating many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and hard and soft tissues of the mouth.
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What is maxillofacial surgery?
Maxillofacial surgery involves the removal, repair, or readjustment of soft and hard tissues in the face, jaw, teeth, mouth, or neck.
Oral surgery is essential for addressing both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the areas listed above.
Oral surgery is often combined with other treatments such as dental implants, orthodontics, and periodontal disease.
While many are familiar with standard procedures such as wisdom teeth extraction, you may not be aware of all the treatments that include oral surgery, such as:
Why Would I Need Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery involves a wide variety of techniques and treatments, all designed to address different needs and restore your smile to its optimal health. You may need oral surgery if you’re experiencing any of these eight common issues:
Bacteria deeply embedded in gum tissue may only be removed with surgical treatments. Sometimes laser surgery is also used.
Root Canal Damage or Infection:
Root canal therapy is the removal of the infected inner chamber or pulp of a tooth and preserves a tooth’s structure and function.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth usually cause overcrowding, misalignment, or malocclusion, and can pose a risk for infection.
Damaged or Infected Teeth:
With extensive damage, sometimes the only solution is extraction, and it can prevent infection from spreading to surrounding teeth and the rest of your body.
A weak jawbone can be strengthened with bone grafting surgery. This treatment reinforces the jaw and prepares your mouth for dental implants.
TMD can significantly affect your oral health and cause pain when opening or closing your mouth and when chewing. Facial pain and reoccurring headaches are typical symptoms as well. There are several types of surgical treatments available that can improve or resolve these issues.
Sleep apnea is a common but serious disorder that takes place while sleeping and temporarily blocks your airways. There are many types of surgeries for sleep apnea and snoring that can help you get better rest and improve your quality of life.
Are You Fearful Of Oral Surgery? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be
Many people are fearful at the thought of oral surgery, but the truth is most procedures are gentle and performed using modern methods and tools to make your treatments safe, comfortable, and successful.
For many people, a simple dental surgery can have life-changing results.
Treatment with oral surgery is designed to address, treat, and alleviate a wide variety of conditions and issues.
Below are some notable advantages to receiving care with oral surgery.
- Fixing Facial Trauma– includes correcting minor to complex skin tears, setting fractured jaw and facial bones, reconnecting detached nerves, and remedying other injuries. This often involves treating the oral tissues, jaws, cheeks and nasal bones, eye sockets, and forehead.
- Providing Reconstructive and Cosmetic Enhancements – can correct jaw, facial bone, and soft tissue issues that have developed due to trauma or the removal of cysts or tumors. These surgeries restore form and function to the maxillofacial area.
- Alleviating Facial, Dental, or Oral Pain- may include diagnosing and treating facial discomfort disorders such as TMJ issues. When non-surgical treatment has not been enough for easing pain or there is joint damage, treatment with oral surgery is often recommended.
Correcting Jaw Injuries or Misalignment– focuses on treating minor to significant skeletal and dental jaw irregularities to improve chewing, speaking, and breathing.
Often in collaboration with an orthodontist, these procedures reconstruct the upper and lower jaws to match proper dental and maxillofacial balance.
Oral surgery can also correct hereditary disabilities of the face and skull, such as cleft lip and cleft palate.
What Are The Benefits of Maxillofacial Surgery?
With maxillofacial surgery, you may experience a dramatic enhancement of your facial appearance and speaking. Also, it can have positive effects on many other aspects of your life. Following are the issues corrected by a maxillofacial surgery:
If the misaligned jaw were creating a problem with chewing or swallowing food, then maxillofacial surgery would help you relieve those problems. Correcting your jaw with a surgery makes daily activities such as eating more pleasurable.
The misalignment of the teeth and jaw affects your speech. This is an important issue to focus on, especially in children as they learn to speak and pronounce words. Maxillofacial surgery can improve the speech and prevent inconvenience.
In most cases, a misaligned jaw may lead to headaches and pain. Corrective jaw surgery eliminates the pain and you may require lesser pain medications.
Many patients who have a jaw that protrudes outward or recesses inward are mouth breathers and may experience problems with breathing and sleeping. Maxillofacial surgery can resolve problems such as sleep apnea. This allows you to take adequate rest and provides energy for a productive lifestyle.
You might have experienced chronic jaw pain due to a misaligned jaw. With maxillofacial surgery, you are relieved from this sort of pain. A misaligned jaw may also cause your teeth to remain as under and keeps your mouth open. This leads to strain being placed on your teeth. Jaw surgery helps you relieve the pressure and makes you feel comfortable.
You may have been born with a misaligned jaw, but you don’t have to live with it. Many corrective measures are available to help you get an aesthetic and functional jaw.