Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – Performing Facial Reconstruction Surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specialist dentists who treat illnesses, injuries and abnormalities of the mouth, jaw and connecting regions, from complex tooth extractions to serious fracture replacements. They are the orthopaedic surgeons of the face. They also perform cosmetic surgery.
“With their in-depth knowledge of the teeth, mouth, jawbone and full anatomy of the face, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the skills necessary to treat facial lacerations caused by a punch or an accident or broken jawbones, cheek bones, orbits (the cavity of the skull that contains the eye), sinuses, etc.,” says Robert Paquin, oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
The Temporomandibular joint, a unique type of jointThe joint that connects the jawbones is used more than any other in the human body. We use it to talk, eat, swallow and yawn. It gets used an estimated 2,000 times per day.
The maxillofacial surgeon also performs facial reconstructive work on patients who have suffered from oral cancer, had cysts removed or were born were a deformity caused by a congenital disease (e.g., cleft lip and palate). Such reconstructive work may also include installing dental implants. There are other conditions that may require surgical intervention, such as sleep apnea, jawbone joint disorders, language problems or even weak or excessive chins. Your dentist, orthodontist or doctor will be able to refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if need be. Inter-speciality collaboration is of utmost importance—it’s all about team work.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons also often treat young patients who need to have their wisdom teeth pulled out.
Wisdom teeth specialistsWisdom teeth usually begin erupting between the ages of 14 and 20. When they do not fully erupt, which is often the case, they are called impacted wisdom teeth. It is better to have them extracted during adolescence or when patients are in their early twenties; it is easier and the risks of complications are lower. With their training and experience, oral and maxillofacial surgeons can extract all four wisdom teeth in one session and usually in under 30 minutes. When required, they will use anaesthetics and sedation to make the procedure easy and painless, even for the most nervous patients.
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