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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons - Who Are They and When Should You See Them


Posted on 12/15/2023 by Weo Admin
A man in dental chair ready for oral surgeryDentists help you maintain oral health through regular exams, cosmetic procedures, and restorations, but if you have a complex dental issue, they will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS). An OMS will diagnose and treat all injuries, diseases, and defects around your face, jaw, and mouth. Read on for more details on these specialists and when you should see them.

When Should You See an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?


There are several instances that can prompt you to seek the services of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Here are the most common:

Removal of Your Wisdom Teeth

For most people, the wisdom teeth erupt with complications, including the wrong position, overcrowding, and becoming impacted. Visiting an OMS at this point is advisable to remove the impacted teeth, which are a risk to your oral health.

Complex Tooth Extractions

Patients with medical or anatomical conditions have increased risks during tooth extraction. Therefore, if you have conditions like blood thinning, your dentist will recommend a maxillofacial surgeon.

Dental Implant Surgery

During a dental implant, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will replace your tooth root with a post to offer a strong base for the artificial tooth, also called a crown. The artificial tooth will look and feel like your normal tooth, and you can use it and care for it as your natural teeth.

TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) moves every time you talk, eat, or open your mouth; hence, it is the most commonly used joint. This joint can feature mechanical dysfunctions or pain, necessitating a visit to the oral and maxillofacial surgeon for treatment.

Facial Trauma and Injury Surgery

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will treat and repair facial injuries and trauma, given their extensive knowledge of how the jaw connects. OMSs also offer aesthetic treatment for an improved facial, teeth, mouth, and jaw appearance. These treatments include cosmetic chin, nasal reconstruction, Botox injection, and injectable fillers.

Contact an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

While general dentists can do most of your oral procedures, the above situations require the intervention of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Therefore, for any of the above situations, contact an OMS for assistance.

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