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What is considered as part of oral maxillofacial surgery

Posted on 4/11/2022 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
What is considered as part of oral maxillofacial surgeryOral maxillofacial surgery is a special type of surgical dentistry concerned with reconstructive surgeries and procedures of the face and facial areas, head, neck, mouth, jaws and facial cosmetic procedures. A maxillofacial surgeon is a highly trained dental surgeon who handles a complexity of maxillofacial procedures and surgeries, such as correcting facial defects, fixing injuries, treating diseases, and performing cosmetic procedures in the facial region, nose, mouth, jaws, neck and head. 

The procedures help reduce pain, fix deformities and restore the functionality of these areas. These procedures are carried out in the maxillofacial area (tissue and bones of the jaws and lower face), the palate, teeth, cancers of the head and neck and invasive injuries.

What is considered a part of OMS?

OMS provides surgical reparative or reconstructions like shaving bones, readjusting joints, reconstruction of broken sockets, broken or misaligned jaws. This helps repair or reduce patient discomfort. They also correct congenital disabilities like cleft lips and palates. These defects, when left untreated, can have lifelong health or cosmetic effects on an individual but can be repaired through surgery. 

Oral surgeons are also medically trained and licensed to administer various forms of anesthesia (local and general), treat cancerous tumors of the neck, head and facial region, and provide complex tooth extraction procedures. They also fix innate deformities of the oral cavity, for example, cleft lip and palate conditions. OMS surgeons require advanced and specialized training for several years to be qualified and experienced in maxillofacial surgeries. 

OMS surgery also comprises handling and managing complications that might arise from the procedure, for example, over bleeding and unexpected deformities from the surgery. The oral surgeon also carries emergency surgeries of the maxilla and facial region, for example, accidental trauma or any form of impact that fractures the jaw or facial bones.

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