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Procedures performed by an oral maxillofacial surgeon

Posted on 3/7/2022 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Procedures performed by an oral maxillofacial surgeonAn oral maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a more experienced dentist who deals with complicated procedures that a general dentist cannot handle. This is due to the extensive training and experience after finishing dental school. 

Some procedures they perform include

The management and extraction of wisdom teeth. Sometimes, wisdom teeth may break out disorderedly. The molars may be overcrowded and in the wrong positioning. In such cases, an oral maxillofacial surgeon performs surgery to realign them or remove them, helping prevent risks they would pose to a person's oral health.

Treatment of trauma and tumor surgeries. Fractures to the maxilla, facial, eye orbits, or jaw region require the experience and expertise of an OMS. An OMS repairs the injuries and traumas with extensive training on how facial bones come together. An OMS is also qualified to diagnose and treat benign and malignant tumors of the oral cavity, neck, jaw, and head. The treatment often involves the extraction of the tumors then reconstructing the surgery site to help restore function and appearance.

 These dental surgeons also perform procedures on children born with oral deformities of the cleft lip and cleft palate. The procedures involve invasive manipulations of the tissue and bone or the addition of bone material for reconstruction. This procedure helps restore the functioning and appearance of the faces of children and infants.

OMS are also trained to provide aesthetic treatment procedures to improve oral and facial appearance. Treatments like nasal reconstructions, chin cosmetology, Botox, fillers, facelifts, and lip enhancements also help patients boost their esteem.

Dental implants help fill gaps and replace missing teeth due to trauma or natural extractions. The implantation includes replacing the root area using a metal screw post and an artificial crown that resembles a tooth. (Feel, look, and function). These implants are fitted in the jaw bone on the gum line and are regenerative. However, they must be accessed and checked after every five years for maintenance. 

Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, involves addressing the functionality problems of the teeth and jaw, which includes correcting bite problems, speech or breath, sleep apnea, and appearance through orthodontia.
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The surgical specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery requires up to six additional years of hospital based surgical and anesthesia training beyond dental school.
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