How Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Treat a Variety of Dental Issues

You may not be aware of what oral surgery actually is. You’re probably not too sure about what the difference is between a dentist and an oral surgeon. Yes, oral surgeons perform operations on your teeth, but they do much more. 

As dental specialists, they treat injuries, diseases, and conditions in your face, head, neck, jaws, hard and soft tissues of your mouth, and in your maxillofacial (jaws and face) region.

At Oral Facial Specialist at The Woodlands, we’re here to cover all of your oral surgery needs with expert care. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide to common oral and maxillofacial conditions that oral surgeons treat and how they treat them.     

Jaw deformities 

Your upper and lower jaws don’t always develop at the same rate, and if this happens, the appearance and functioning of your jaws may become impaired. Problems with your jaw can also be caused by a birth defect or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

Jaw surgery can help align your jaw or correct any jaw disorder.  

Impacted wisdom teeth 

If your wisdom teeth don’t grow in properly, develop cavities or become infected, then it may be time to have them removed. Our oral surgeons can remove your wisdom teeth to prevent them from causing serious infections and from injuring your mouth,  all leading to inability to work, go to school or to do your normal daily routine.

Facial trauma and injuries

Oral surgeons can help you if you’ve experienced trauma to your face, such as fractured facial bones, dislocated jaw, and facial laceration or wounds. We can also treat dental injuries such as fractured teeth, avulsed teeth, fractures of the bone that holds the teeth (dentoalveolar fractures) and oral lacerations. 

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition where you repeatedly stop breathing as you sleep throughout the night. In some cases, sleep apnea is caused by an oral or maxillofacial issue. Obesity is the main cause of the airway deformity that patients with sleep apnea experience.  

If so, our oral surgeons can either perform a chin advancement or a jaw advancement surgery, to open up your airway, nasal passages, and the area around your tongue. 

Tooth and bone loss

When you have missing teeth, an oral surgeon can help restore your smile with dental implants. These teeth look and function just like your normal teeth, and they’re usually made with very strong and lasting materials. The oral surgeon will place a dental implant(s) on the area that a tooth or teeth are missing.  Implants are made of titanium. 

At times, we may need to perform a bone graft on your jawbone before placing your implants. We do this to make sure that there’s enough bone mass in your jaw to support the implant and hold it in place.  

For more information on how an oral surgeon can help you, call our office in the Woodlands, Texas or request an appointment using our online booking tool.

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