What You Should Expect From Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

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Andrew Slavin, DMD, FACS

Andrew Slavin, DMD, FACS

August 30, 2018

Conditions That Might Require an Oral Surgeon

When you see the dentist, there is a chance that you will receive a referral for an oral surgeon who performs this type of surgery. Although you might be anxious about the reason why you were referred to an oral surgeon, there are a large number of relatively minor conditions that might require an oral surgeon. The oral aspect of this surgery focuses on issues in the mouth like tooth decay. Maxillofacial surgery applies to your jaw and face, which means that an oral surgeon could be necessary for the treatment of a wide range of conditions.

You could require an oral surgery for a common condition like the placement of dental implants. It’s also possible that something as rare as the presence of a cyst in the jaw could require the usage of maxillofacial surgery. The reason for this surgery could be due to anything from reconstructive needs to cosmetic needs. You could be referred to a surgeon who performs this type of surgery for the presence of such conditions as:

• Misalignment in your jaw

• Issues with your wisdom teeth

• Sleep apnea

• Facial pain

• Cleft lip surgery

• The possibility of cancer around your neck or face area

Types of Treatments Provided With Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

A surgeon who performs this type of surgery can provide you with an array of different treatments depending on the exact condition or disease from which you are suffering. The surgeon will be able to diagnose the possible injury or condition while also being able to treat it with surgery. The injuries or conditions that can be treated by an oral surgeon extend to many issues within such areas of the body as your jaw, head, face, or neck.

An oral surgeon must receive a four-year graduate degree in the subject of dentistry as well as an additional four years of a maxillofacial residency in order to perform these types of surgeries, which means that you can be confident when you’re under our care. There are times when a dentist may be able to perform the necessary treatment but is more comfortable with referring you to someone who is more trained in providing you with the remedy that’s right for you.

Questions to Ask Your Preferred Oral Surgeon

In order to be confident about scheduling an oral surgery, you may want to ask your surgeon some questions before the procedure is set to take place. Inquire about whether or not the surgeon is board-certified and has received the licenses that are necessary to perform these procedures. When you choose one of our surgeons, we will be able to inform you about any of the risks associated with the surgery so that you know what you’re getting into.

There are times when your recovery process following the procedure can be aided by small things that you can do, which is something that you will want to ask your surgeon about. It’s also important to ascertain whether or not you need to do anything to prepare for the surgery to heighten the chances of success.

In the event that you are suffering from an issue that could require oral surgery, call us today so that we can schedule an appointment for you and identify the options available to you.

Andrew Slavin, DMD, FACS

Andrew Slavin, DMD, FACS

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