An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is considered to be a dental specialist. These specialists treat various diseases, injuries or defects that affect the head, neck, face, jaws, and mouth tissues. From routine procedures, like the removal of wisdom teeth, to more complex procedures, like facial reconstruction, an oral surgeon provides services your regular dentist cannot.
Conditions Treated by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
There are many different reasons an oral surgeon may be needed. However, four of the most common conditions requiring oral surgery are as follows.
If you have lost teeth, it is likely that your jawbone has begun to deteriorate. Thanks to modern technology, dental implants have become increasingly popular tooth replacement options. However, if your jawbone has deteriorated too much, it can make an implant impossible. That is where bone grafting comes in. With oral surgery, a bone graft can replace the parts of your deteriorated jawbone, helping to secure your dental implant and help you regain your smile!
Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful. As these teeth grow in, they are known for irregular growth patterns. Often impacted within the gum tissue or jawbone, wisdom teeth typically require oral surgery to remove. Not only will this eliminate pain, but also it can prevent infections that result when your gums become severely irritated.
You may not realize this, but sleep apnea is typically caused by jaw or oral tissue issues. If you suffer from sleep apnea, it means you repeatedly stop breathing while sleeping. Your jaw position, as well as the amount of soft tissue around your airway, are often the culprits. When it comes to sleep apnea, your oral surgeon and sleep specialist will work together to determine the best course of recommended treatment.
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint syndrome, occurs when your jawbone is not connected correctly to your skull. As a result, pain and discomfort may occur while chewing. Those who suffer from TMJ may also experience clicking or locking of the jaw joint as well. In some cases, oral surgery may be needed to correct the issue and provide permanent relief.
Contact Excel Dental for Oral Surgery
If you believe you may be in need of oral surgery, Excel Dental may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about the services we provide.