Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons
Conditions Treated by Oral Surgeons
As the knowledge and technology of modern medicine continues to progress doctors' fields of study are becoming more specialized as a result. Although it can seem frustrating when a different health care professional must be consulted for each area of concern, this increased specialization is immensely helpful in providing effective treatments. Specializing doctors often consult among each other to provide a range of both medical and surgical options that would have been inconceivable even mere decades ago.
The field of dentistry is no different. General and specializing dentists, orthodontists, and oral maxillofacial surgeons can all collaborate to create treatment plans that restore function and aesthetic beauty to smiles that would have been considered a lost cause in years past. Oral surgeons treat a wide variety of issues pertaining to the jaw and mouth as well as the face. When these issues impact a patient's smile, they must collaborate with dentists to determine the best course of action.
A general dentist cannot perform oral surgery. That means if teeth must be removed or dental implants must be placed, an oral surgeon must perform the procedure. This is not the end of a surgeon's role in providing dental patients with comprehensive services, though. They also remove both benign and cancerous cysts in tumors in the mouth, and help to treat severe infections in the area.
The services offered by oral surgeons can help to alleviate pain, restore or create a health bite pattern, and even help to cure obstructive sleep apnea. Patients who have suffered acute injury to the face often require surgery prior to having work done by a cosmetic dentist. Some congenital disorders affecting the structure of the face must also be corrected by a surgeon prior to dental or orthodontic work to complete the restructuring.
Some oral surgeries are elective, while others are considered a necessity. The idea of cosmetic surgeries may be appealing to some patients. Others consider them only as a last resort. However, when the condition is directly impacting a patient's ability to chew, speak, or breath normally and it cannot be corrected via other dental or medical procedures, most will agree that the services of a specialized oral surgeon are invaluable.