Dentistry has advanced massively over the past decade, which has given patients several treatment options to choose from. One particular area of significant innovation is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Modern and highly sophisticated methods of performing oral surgery are being introduced, which has taken the quality of treatment provided to a whole new level.
Dentists who mainly specialize in surgery are called oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Such dentists go through several years of extensive training after completing dental school. Oral surgery is one of the nine internationally recognized dental specialities by the governing organizations.
What does oral surgery involve?
Oral surgery is often considered to be a combination of medicine and dentistry. It involves the diagnosis and operation of the mouth's tissues, such as teeth, gums, jawbone, soft inner lining, etc. Oral surgeons also specialize in treating facial injuries, disproportionate growth of the jaws, skull, impacted teeth, oral cancer, removal of tumours, etc.
- Treating facial injuries is one of the primary responsibilities of an oral surgeon. Traumatic issues such as injury to the soft tissues of the face, cracked or broken jaws and skull, broken or chipped teeth, etc., are some of the factors that oral surgeons look into.
- Oral surgeons also indulge in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the oral and facial tissues. They help eliminate the cancerous tissues from the infected area, which often requires trained hands.
- Implant placement is a sophisticated procedure that requires extensive planning. It involves operating on the jawbone as the metal implant stud will be inserted directly into the bone. Oral surgeons precisely map out the teeth' positions and the gap that is available for placing the implant. The entire procedure will have to be done with high accuracy to ensure the implant is placed in its orthodontically right position.
- Tooth extractions would be required in the case of cavities, damaged teeth, or impacted teeth. To save you from any pain or discomfort during the procedure, we would recommend using local anesthesia to numb the tissues of the mouth.
- Some of the congenital facial deformities that negatively affect facial aesthetics can be treated. An oral surgeon would diagnose the condition and perform surgery to the jawbone to bring about a change in its contour.
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