What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery is a surgical specialty which involves the diagnosis, surgery and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. Injuries and deformities may also be treated. The goal of the dentist is to provide ultimate patient comfort during any dental procedure by utilizing outpatient general anesthesia administered by trained personnel in a comfortable office setting.

This area if dental care may also include the diagnosis, surgical and related treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neck.Maxillofacial is the area of surgery that deals with issues that pertain to the face, head, neck, jaw and sinuses.

The following are some of the dental care treatments provided by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon:

Wisdom teeth assessment and treatment
General anesthesia, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide sedation
Placement of dental implants
Anesthesia consultation and needs assessment
Reconstructive and orthodontic jaw surgery
TMJ/facial pain consultation and treatment
Diagnosis and treatment of oral lesions and pathology

Many of these procedures are done in a general dental office. The patients that require these possible procedures are usually scheduled for the procedure without the inconvenience of waiting list for treatment.

If you want to find an expert surgeon, you might ask your family physician. The physician may be able to tell you the type of surgery you may require and be able to recommend the professional in this particular field of dentistry. I have often thought that asking your family doctor who they personally use is a strong indication of choice.