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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Treat These Conditions


Posted on 11/8/2021 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Treat These ConditionsA dental specialist that treats many defects, injuries, and diseases in the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, head, jaws, face, neck, and maxillofacial region, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. They perform procedures from routine wisdom teeth extractions to facial reconstruction surgery. Some conditions that require an oral and maxillofacial surgeon's expertise are impacted wisdom teeth, tooth and bone loss, facial injury/trauma, jaw defects, sleep apnea, and TMJ disorders.

Conditions that Oral Surgeons Treat


Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars and sometimes fail when coming in like they are supposed to. They can become impacted in the bone or gum tissue. Our oral surgeon can alleviate the pain and reduce the risk of infection by removing impacted wisdom teeth. An oral surgeon can install dental implants in the jawbone when a patient has missing teeth. The dental implants replace tooth roots and are implanted into the bone. Once the healing process is complete after several weeks, the oral surgeon places the artificial tooth top or crown.

In some cases, an oral surgeon might have to do a bone graft before the implant. A bone graft is necessary when there isn't enough bone present to hold the titanium post for the implant securely. Sometimes, patients who have suffered facial trauma need to see an oral surgeon to reset their jaw. When a person has a condition called sleep apnea, they can consistently stop breathing while sleeping. This is usually caused by their jaw being poorly positioned or soft tissue in the airway opening. Several procedures can treat sleep apnea. If a temporomandibular joint disorder is causing the jaw structure to be abnormal, an oral surgeon can treat the condition and provide some relief by surgically correcting the problem. In cases where the lower and upper jaws don't develop at a similar rate, the function and appearance of the jaws can be compromised. Congenital disabilities sometimes cause these abnormalities. In this case, orthognathic surgery can help improve the alignment of the patient's jaw.

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If you suffer from any of these conditions and require an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, please get in touch with us. Our staff can discuss the options for your specific situation and answer any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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