Oral Surgery Can Save Your Life And Eliminate Dental Pain
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) specializes in treating diseases, injuries, and defects inside the mouth, as well as around the lower half of the face. Using the most advanced diagnostic, planning, and surgical tools, the oral surgeon can administer a variety of types of local and general anesthesia before dealing with complex issues to improve oral and facial health:
- Difficult tooth extractions due to the shape of the tooth, the depth of the roots, and surrounding bone and tissue (especially true of impacted wisdom teeth, which can crack if a non-specialist tries to remove them).
- Complex dental implant cases such as those who have lost many teeth (the All-on-Four is a procedure that enables the surgeon to place an entire set of upper and lower artificial teeth with as few as four groups for each jaw).
- Bone grafts that are needed to strengthen the jaw to support dental implants.
- Poor fit of dentures due to irregularities in the jawbone.
- Infections in the face, neck, or jaws that need draining.
- Sports injuries and car accidents that might cause jaw dislocation, broken facial bones, and knocking out of teeth or damaging them.
- Cleft palate, a birth defect that results in splits in the roof of the mouth or lip, which can be closed by an oral surgeon.
- Unequal jaws that grew slightly differently and cause difficulties in eating, breathing, and talking.
- Sleep apnea, a dangerous and common condition in which the individual stops breathing during sleep, often due to tissue blocking the airway. Snoring, which can be a symptom of sleep apnea or just a common condition, may also benefit from surgical intervention.
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (often referred to just as TMJ), which causes soreness at the hinge of the jaw and other discomfort and may be due to a bone deformity, requiring surgical intervention to the correct the bite.