Treatments and Procedures
Following dental school, the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency enables oral and maxillofacial surgeons to perform a wide variety of procedures in both office and hospital settings. These four- to six-year residencies incorporate extensive training in anesthesia administration, including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. The surgeon is qualified to safely administer anesthesia in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office to meet the requirements of the patient and the procedure. Office-based surgery is often the most efficient and cost-effective way to perform many procedures while maintaining maximum patient comfort and safety.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to perform the following treatments and procedures:
- Wisdom tooth removal to minimize complications and illness that result from impacted third-molar teeth.
- Dental implant placement to replace a single tooth, several teeth or an entire mouthful of teeth. Dental implants offer a long-lasting, comfortable, and functional alternative to conventional dentures.
- Reconstructive jaw surgery to address hard- and soft-tissue injuries in the upper and/or lower jaws resulting from injury or trauma, tumor surgery, or long-term denture wear.
- Diagnosis and treatment of infections in the maxillofacial region which can develop into life-threatening emergencies if not treated promptly and effectively.
- Treatment and repair of injuries to the face, jaws, mouth and teeth caused by trauma.
- Cosmetic reconstruction of facial structures damaged through trauma.
- Surgical correction of oral and facial deformities caused by differences in skeletal growth or congenital deformities like cleft lip and palate.
- Diagnosis and treatment of TMJ-related problems.
- Evaluation and treatment of facial and jaw tumors and cysts.
- Evaluation and management of facial skeletal problems related to sleep apnea.
- Elective facial cosmetic surgery.
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