For many of us, the only time we’ll think of an oral surgeon is when we need to get our wisdom teeth removed. While this is definitely a valuable service they provide, there’s a whole lot more you need to know about oral surgery. Read on to learn more of the ways that oral surgeons help people every day.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are different from other dental specialists in many ways. For instance, apart from anesthesiologists themselves, they are the only healthcare specialists who can administer all levels of sedation up to general anesthesia.
Because oral surgeons are focused on treating problems related to the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth and jaws, it is normal to be referred to one by your general dentist or orthodontist for a number of reasons.
Tooth extractions are one of the most common procedures oral surgeons perform. While many dentists are knowledgeable on this subject too, an oral surgeon is usually called in when complications (such as impacted teeth) arise.
Corrective jaw surgery is sometimes needed when orthodontics can’t correct a malocclusion alone. Oral surgeons often work with orthodontists to plan and carry out surgery that reshapes, repositions or realigns jaws and teeth.
These specialists can also perform reconstructive surgery after a traumatic injury to the face or other dental issues. This can happen due to an accident, injury, birth defect or the performance of another operation. Experts in working with both hard and soft tissues, oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in reconstructing facial structures.
Oral surgeons may also be called upon to help with bone grafting required for proper dental implant placement, or as a consult on obstructive sleep apnea cases. The wide range of clinical experience they possess means that oral surgeons can help with just about anything related to your face and mouth.
If you’re ever in need of an expert in oral surgery, our office is just a phone call away. If you’ve already been referred to our office by your dentist, we look forward to meeting you.