Individuals who suffer from oral or facial problems should consider visiting an oral surgeon. Oral and maxillofacial surgery are commonly referred to as oral surgery and is part of the dentistry field. An oral surgeon will correct defects that relate to an individual’s appearance and function of their face, mouth, teeth, and jaws.
If an individual has concerns about losing their teeth, controlling oral disease, correcting a congenital growth issue, or has trauma-related damage, an oral surgeon would be the correct doctor to see. General dentists and medical physicians will refer a patient to an oral surgeon to correct problems with their facial and oral area.
Teeth can become diseased because of illness, injury, and poor oral hygiene. In some situations, a tooth can be saved with a root canal. In many situations, impacted, damaged, or diseased teeth will have to be removed by an oral surgeon who will use intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.
Patients who have benign or cancerous tumors of the mouth or facial area can benefit from an oral surgeon’s skill. Severe infections involving the jaws, neck, salivary glands, and oral cavity can be treated with surgery and medications.
Facial pain causes could include problems with the temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ. This joint is located in front of the ear and will cause jaw, tooth, head, ear, and face pain. Some patients benefit from a dental appliance that will relax the muscles in the face, but other patients will need the assistance of an oral surgeon to correct the problem and reduce the pain.
Individuals who are involved in serious accidents, assaults, or genetic flaws should visit an oral surgeon to perform reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. The extensive training an oral surgeon receives gives them the ability to correct bone structure, soft tissue problems, nerves, and jaws. Some patients might have to have bone, nerves or different tissues removed from another part of the body to reconstruct the facial structures that were damaged.
Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center has years of experience successfully treating patients who suffer from defects in their mouth and facial area.