Wisdom Teeth Extraction
- When wisdom teeth are aligned properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth may not have to be removed. However, when they are prevented from proper eruption, the early removal of wisdom teeth is strongly recommended by American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
- Dental implants are titanium posts inserted into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. Dental implants are now the gold standard of care for replacing missing teeth. Surgically placed into the jaw bone, they replace the roots of the missing teeth.
- As a result of their extensive training, every Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is well-prepared to appropriately administer local anesthesia, all forms of sedation and general anesthesia. They are experienced in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.
- Bone grafting is the ability to grow bone where needed. This provides the opportunity to place implants of proper width and length. Also it provides the chance to restore functionality and a better appearance.
- When upper molars are lost, the length of bone needed for implant placement deteriorates over time. During this procedure, the sinus membrane is elevated and bone graft is placed under the sinus floor. This allows implants of sufficient size to be placed in the back part of the upper jaw.
- An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck” and cannot erupt into function. Because of its critical role, when a cuspid tooth gets impacted, every effort should be made to get it to erupt into its proper position in the dental arch.
- The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that close to 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. Oral cancer’s mortality is particularly high, not because it is hard to detect or diagnose, but because the cancer is often discovered late in its development. Your family dentist or OMS is in the best position to detect oral cancer during your routine dental examinations.
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are experts in treating and repairing facial injury and trauma, including fractures of the upper and lower jaws and the orbits surrounding the eyes, and facial lacerations. Their knowledge of how jaws come together (dental occlusion) is critical when repairing complex facial fractures.
- The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis is referred to as pre-prosthetic surgery. Some patients require minor oral surgical procedures before receiving a partial or complete denture, in order to ensure the maximum level of comfort.
Orthognathic Surgery/Corrective Jaw Surgery
- Corrective jaw, or orthognathic surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth. Surgery can improve chewing, speaking and breathing.
- Thanks to their surgical and dental background, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified to perform cosmetic procedures involving the functional and aesthetic aspects of the face, mouth, teeth and jaws.