The field of dentistry is broad, encompassing a wide range of specialties. Finding a dental practice that offers both general dentistry services and dental specialties can be exceedingly difficult. At Dentalmed Associates we are proud of our diversity of skills and experience. We offer highly specialized Oral and Maxillofacial surgery.
Oral surgery is any surgical procedure that involves the oral cavity – that includes the gums, teeth, or jawbone. Maxillofacial surgery is more specialized. It concentrates on the major bones which make up the upper and lower jaw. The reason this is the highest level in dentistry is because it requires a specific hospital-based training, an advanced skill set, and the knowledge of dentistry and medicine that addresses misalignments, trauma-related damage, reconstruction of tooth and bone defects, and even removal of certain cancers of the head and neck.
Only your oral surgeon can answer this with any certainty. Maxillofacial surgery is used to correct a wide range of issues including missing teeth, bone defects, loss of teeth, and trauma. Other conditions that call for this type of surgery include:
Certain head and mouth cancers
Abnormalities of the jawbone
Severe facial trauma
In many cases, this type of surgery is needed for serious conditions that can affect your normal enjoyment of life. However, maxillofacial surgeries do have some cosmetic applications for patients that wish to change the shape of their jaw for example.
If you think you are a candidate for this type of surgery, consult with us at Dentalmed Associates. Our surgeons are unique equipped with the combination of skill, experience, and advanced equipment to make your procedure a success. Call us today to learn more!