Oral Surgeons are also known as maxillofacial surgeons. These dental practitioners mainly focus on correcting issues involving the hard and soft tissue of the face, mouth, and jaw. Oral surgeons are unique amongst their dental specialist peers in several ways. One of the biggest differences is the type of training they go through. Usually, after completing four years of dental school they will then spend another four years in a surgery-based residency typically within a hospital. In this role, they perform techniques such as emergency medicine, general surgery, and anesthesiology making them the only other healthcare specialists besides anesthesiologists that can administer all types of sedation methods.
Many patients typically visit an oral surgeon for tooth extractions or dental implants, but they are more than capable of performing other dental procedures such as (but not limited to):
Cleft Lip/Palate Surgery – cleft palate surgeries are normally structured as a series of surgeries; this limits complications to the patient that are normally children suffering from this birth defect.
Corrective Jaw treatments – This is also known as orthognathic surgery. Oral surgeons mainly perform this type of treatment for correcting major skeletal/dental irregularities to improve a patient’s chewing, speaking, and breathing.
TMJ and Facial Pain Corrections – Although surgery to treat TMJ disorders should be considered as a last result due to the risk and painful recovery, oral surgeons will still offer procedures like arthrocentesis, modified condylotomy, disc repositioning, discectomy, and joint replacement.
Cancer Surgery – An oral surgeon can diagnose and manage maxillofacial diseases. A lot of these types of procedures include the removal of cysts, tumors, and other severe oral infections.
Cosmetic Procedures – these procedures usually include treatments like dental implants, veneers, and gum lift surgery. Cosmetic procedures are typically preformed to improve unwanted facial features or correct the functionality of the jaw or face.
For more information on oral surgery and the different type of treatments, contact our office today by calling or clicking the attached link to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ansari. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Jawfixers are here to answer any questions you might have about all things dental related. We are currently located in the West Hartford, CT area to better assist you with your oral healthcare.