Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a specialty of dentistry which diagnoses and treats disturbances, diseases, injuries and defects of the jaws, mouth and facial structures. These disturbances may be the result of genetics, growth or trauma.
Oral & maxillofacial surgeons treat people of all ages, including those with special needs. Some of the common treatments performed by oral & maxillofacial surgeons include:
- Tumor removal
- Removing impacted or diseased teeth
- Adding implants to restore functionality and improve aesthetics
- Bone grafts
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons work closely with primary care and specialized physicians to provide care for people who have complex medical conditions and require oral surgery. Many procedures, such as tooth removal, biopsies, bone grafting and implant placement can be performed during an office visit. More extensive procedures, including corrective jaw surgery and trauma surgeries are done in a hospital setting.