An oral surgeon is a oral health care provider who concentrates on treating dental implants, facial pains, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues, and restorative surgical operations along the lines of extracting wisdom teeth. Moreover, oral surgeons are authorized to work on oral cancers, and are able to execute many aesthetic surgical procedures. But, they are more suited to treat facial injuries and damage to the teeth, like cracked teeth or broken jaws. In order to develop into a maxillofacial surgeon, potential dentists must first attend four years of dental school before beginning a four year surgical residency with a hospital.
When your general dentist's skill to perform a certain surgery falls short, they will usually refer you to a maxillofacial surgeon. Dental Surgeons or maxillofacial surgeons are taught to execute numerous operations that focus on the jaw, teeth, gums, and face. Oral health doctors are typically adept to perform some of the duties associated with dental treatments. Yet, maxillofacial surgeons have the ability to handle the more difficult oral issues such as facial reconstructions, bone grafts, oral birth defects, and the subtraction of impacted wisdom teeth.
Individuals who have facial deformities from certain medical diseases or persons who have suffered a facial injury will sometimes require the assistance of a competent oral surgeon to help with the renovation of the face and mouth. Several of these surgeons also practice several kinds of plastic surgery to help clients who need to correct facial troubles. Conditions like a cleft lip and palate are frequent birth flaws that oral surgeons can lessen, or fix.
Elliminating impacted teeth are very regular treatments, as oral surgeons are definitely able to remove these wisdom teeth thereby stopping likely impairment to the jaw, gum tissues and other teeth. If impacted teeth are left untreated, they might also cause additional teeth to become impacted, or become injured to the point that they may also have to be extracted. After removing impacted wisdom teeth, the oral surgeon will often swap the previous tooth with a tooth implant in order to limit shifting of the other teeth and to maintain the aesthetic appeal. Implants require a foundation to be surgically placed into the jawbone, with a synthetic attachment to be positioned after osseointegration (fusion of the bone and implant) occurs.
Some individuals who are suffering from jaw problems may seek out the help of a maxillofacial surgeon. Mismatched or irregular jaw lengths can lead to problems speaking and eating. Jaw irregularities may lead to some tenderness and a poor fit for denture wearers. Individuals suffering from temporomandibular joint issues (TMJ) can often feel pain in the face and head region due the condition. Oral surgeons might be able to reconstruct the jaw to help sooth the pain.
There are many surgical operations that focus on the craniomaxillofacial complex (mouth, neck, skull, jaws and face) including: Surgeries to eliminate impacted wisdom, tooth extractions, and bone grafting to help sustain tooth implants, which all fall under the category of dentoalveolar surgeries, elliminating cysts or benign tumors, removing cutaneous malignancies (skin cancers), lip renovation, craniofacial malformations, recurring facial pain disorders, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) conditions, surgical corrections or facial reconstructions of facial unevenness, soft and hard tissue trauma of the oral and maxillofacial region (nasal fractures, jawbone fractures, cheek bone fractures, skull splits and eye socket fractures), sleep apnea procedures, and head and neck aesthetic surgeries (brow lift, face lift, cheek augmentation, chin augmentation, lip enhancement, rhinoplasty, and botulinum toxin).
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