Have you been wondering what exactly oral and maxillofacial surgeons do? We specialize in diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases, injuries and defects involving the head, neck, face and jaws as well as the hard and soft tissues in the oral and maxillofacial areas of the body.
We are trained to administer anesthesia and provide surgical care in our office. Do you need to have your wisdom teeth removed? Do you have misaligned jaws? Do you need to have tumors or cysts in the jaw and mouth taken out? Our team can do all of that and more.
Education and Training
Our specialty is recognized by the American College of Surgeons as well as the American Dental Association. We begin by studying for either a two or four-year undergraduate degree. Then we train for a dental specialty, a BDS is a dental degree (Bachelor of Dental Surgery). We can also earn a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) which are actually the same degree and we are considered General Dentists.
After that, we spend four to six years earning our residency, plus two more years earning a medical degree. Once we have finished our surgical training, we are certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. By then we have logged 12 to 14 years of study and training. Board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons have successfully completed a rigorous peer evaluation process to present and maintain appropriate professional credentials, and demonstrate the requisite training, experience and knowledge. They have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of quality patient care. Research suggests board certification is associated with better care.
Surgeries We Can Perform
We are experts at correcting diseases, injuries and defects occurring in your face, jaw or mouth like these:
– Extraction of impacted teeth
– Graft bone and soft tissue to prepare your mouth to receive tooth replacements options like dental implants or dentures
– Place dental implants
– Diagnose and treat oral pathologies such as growths and tumors
– Provide treatment for oral diseases
Fixing Jaw Problems
-Graft or transplant bone to replace bone material you don’t have in your jaw
-Fix an abnormal bite with jaw reconstruction
-Treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
-Repair injuries from trauma to the face, jaw and mouth
Other Maxillofacial Surgeries
-Fixing birth defects like cleft lip and palate
-Treating cysts, tumors, cancer and other neck and head growths
-Diagnosing the cause of chronic facial pain
-Treating facial trauma injuries like fractures or maxillofacial tissue that are damaged
In-Office or Hospital Setting
Typically, maxillofacial surgeons are oral surgeons but some of us provide more oral surgery and treatments that are done in an office setting, while others perform our treatments in a hospital setting. Depending on what kind of procedure you will be undergoing, you may be treated in an outpatient setting (as with wisdom tooth extraction) where you can go home that same day or in a hospital setting, especially for fixing facial issues. Rest assured we are trained to provide you with the most comfortable treatment possible with the help of anesthesia. Our team will go over what kind of anesthesia is recommended for your unique situation and the procedure being carried out.
Recovering from an oral and maxillofacial surgery involves some sensitivity, swelling and bleeding for the initial days afterward and pain medication can make you more comfortable. You may have to avoid certain foods and activities for a while. You can enhance with pain management and ice packs to relieve inflammation, stick to eating soft foods and smoothies and get plenty of rest. To support your body’s natural healing abilities, you’ll want to stay away from tobacco products and alcohol. This is also the time to take a reprieve from exercising to avoid bleeding and swelling.
Whatever our needs may be, rest assured you will be in great hands with our experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons. We are happy to answer your questions. Call today!