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WHAT IS ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY?

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is a Specialty of Dentistry that primarily focuses on surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons have extensive education and training in surgical procedures involving both the soft tissue (skin and muscle) and hard tissue (bone and cartilage) of the head and neck.Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are also trained to restore balance in your appearance inboth an aesthetic and functional way.

TRAINING TO BECOME AN ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEON

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons typically complete eight years of post-graduate education -- four years of dental education, followed by four or more years as a surgical resident in training. During this time, residents typically gain experience in head and neck surgery, plastic surgery, internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, neurology and emergency medicine.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons diagnose, treat and manage the conditions, defects, and injuries of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. Among the conditions and symptoms treated by oral and maxillofacial surgeons are:

  • Diagnosis and management of Impacted teeth and Extraction of non-restorable teeth
  • Surgery of the dentoalveolar structure (gums and bones)
  • Insertion of Dental Implants for replacing missing teeth
  • Bone Grafting to replace lost bone
  • Diagnosis and treatment of issues related to Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of Pathology (cysts, tumors, growths, etc.) in the maxillofacial region, including the performance of biopsies and other diagnostic tests and procedures required to diagnose the problem and develop an appropriate treatment plan
  • Diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions of the lips, nose, forehead, cheeks and eyes
  • Facial Rejuvenation procedures including Botox©, Dermal Fillers (Restylane©, Perlane©, Juvederm©), Microdermabrasion, Micropeels and Latisse©
  • Exposure of Unerupted teeth to aid Orthodontics