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What Are Examples Of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery?

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Dr Anthony Bouneff
Older man in a dental chair holding up a hand mirror and looking at his new dental implants at Beaverton Oral Surgeons in Hillsboro, OROral maxillofacial surgery is a dentistry branch that treats and corrects defects and injuries in the jaw, mouth, face, and neck. The primary purpose of these surgeries is to alleviate pain, enhance jaw function, and address various dental problems. Here are examples of oral maxillofacial surgeries:

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery is carried out to correct teeth alignment and jawbone irregularities. It helps enhance facial appearance, improve bite function, and promote oral health. Corrective jaw surgery can effectively address various issues related to malocclusion, misaligned jaws, and skeletal discrepancies. The procedure involves repositioning the jaws, including the upper jaw (maxilla) and the lower jaw (mandible), to achieve proper alignment and harmony.

Facial and Trauma Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in treating facial trauma resulting from accidents, injuries, or assaults. Their expertise allows them to effectively address various injuries, including fractured facial bones, soft tissue injuries, and facial deformities. In cases of facial trauma, oral and maxillofacial surgeons work diligently to repair fractured facial bones by carefully realigning them and using advanced fixation techniques such as plates and screws to ensure proper healing and stability. They also adeptly address soft tissue injuries, employing surgical procedures to restore the natural appearance and function of the affected facial areas.

Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery

Cleft lip and palate are congenital conditions with openings or splits in the upper lip and the roof of the mouth (palate). These conditions can significantly impact a person's eating, speaking, and breathing ability. Maxillofacial surgeons play a vital role in treating individuals with cleft lip and palate conditions comprehensively. They are skilled in surgical procedures to close the clefts and restore normal function and aesthetics to the affected areas.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

The surgical removal of impacted or troublesome wisdom teeth is a frequent procedure in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Wisdom teeth often necessitate surgical extraction when they cannot fully emerge or become impacted, leading to discomfort, infection, or harm to neighboring teeth.
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