Maxillofacial Surgery

This surgery can correct a variety of problems such as diseases, injuries, and defects. It is a specific type of dentistry that deals with problems around the mouth, jaw, and neck. The maxillofacial surgeon can cosmetic flaws by correcting damaged tissue, nerve damage, and other issues regarding the face.

An example of when a specialist would be called in to perform surgery would be when jawbones are not aligned properly or the mouth has had serious trauma and needs reconstructive surgery. Birth deformities can also be fixed with maxillofacial surgery.

Maxillofacial surgery is an important step when dealing with oral cancer and other serious conditions. This surgery is referred to a patient when orthodontics or general dentistry procedures are not enough to correct the problem. Procedures that maxillofacial surgeons do are:

    • Cleft and craniofacial surgery: reconstructive surgery for birth defects

    • Dentoalveolar surgery:  procedures that deal with the diseases of teeth, soft tissue, and bone structures of the oral cavity.

    • Facial trauma/Reconstructive surgery:  restoring facial or other tissue to original state

    • TMJ surgery:  treatment for temporomandibular joint disorders

 

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