Oral and maxillofacial surgery treats a variety of complex dental problems and medical conditions involving the jaw (maxilla), mouth (oral), and face (facial). It also focuses on facial trauma, facial reconstruction, and other dental procedures such as wisdom tooth extractions and dental implants.
Here are seven problems that oral and maxillofacial surgery can treat:
It’s typical for the upper and lower jaws of a person to not develop at the same rate. Asymmetric jaw growth leads to difficulties while eating, speaking, breathing, and swallowing. Although orthodontics can correct misaligned teeth, serious unequal jaw problems require oral surgery to reposition the jaw for proper functioning. A congenital disability or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can also cause problems with your jaw.
Wisdom teeth removal
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, begin to grow towards the end of oral development. When there isn’t room for a third molar to emerge, the result can be an impacted tooth. The wisdom tooth can get trapped between the gum tissue and jawbone because of uneven growth. It can harm adjacent teeth, gums, and bone. Oral surgeons can remove wisdom teeth to prevent them from causing severe infections and injury to your mouth.
Oral surgeons can treat facial injuries such as a dislocated jaw, fractured facial bones, facial laceration, fractured teeth, avulsed teeth, and oral lacerations.
It’s a condition where affected patients are woken up during sleep due to irregular breathing. Sometimes, an oral or maxillofacial issue causes sleep apnea. Obesity is the primary cause of airway deformity in patients with sleep apnea. Oral surgeons can either perform a jaw advancement surgery or a chin advancement to open up your nasal passages and airway.
Tooth and bone loss
If you have missing teeth, there are ways to can restore your smile. Dental implants are made of strong material and function just like your regular teeth. During the procedure, the surgeon replaces the original tooth with a titanium-rod-anchored artificial tooth.
First-time denture wearers need oral surgery to correct jaw irregularities before the dentists make them fitting dentures. These surgical corrections allow the dentures to fit better around the teeth. It’s also for people who have been wearing dentures for a long time, and their jawbone has deteriorated. The oral surgeon performs a bone graft to strengthen the areas that have suffered bone loss.
A dentist recommends orthognathic surgery when the jaw or teeth aren’t aligned properly. It’s a treatment for people with excessive overbites or underbites, congenital disabilities, or sleep apnea. Often, an orthodontist can correct your teeth if they don’t line up as they should.
About Premier Oral Surgery
We aim to provide the most advanced and comprehensive oral care. We specialize in providing several kinds of oral and maxillofacial surgeries and treatments such as wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, IV sedation, and cone beam CT scan. Our staff includes CPR-certified oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants. To know more, you can leave us a message or call us at 203-939-9390. You can also get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.