Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Tooth Extractions

The most recognized form of oral surgery is tooth extraction. Reasons for tooth extraction can range from:

  • Teeth beyond repair either from tooth decay, root fracture, or trauma
  • Primary teeth that have failed to fall out, preventing the eruption of permanent teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment plans may require the removal of some teeth to achieve the optimum result

Odontectomy (Wisdom Teeth Removal)

Odontectomy is a procedure that removes impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth.

Many types of impacted wisdom teeth:


Complications from Impacted and Partially Impacted Wisdom Teeth:


Ilustration of Tooth Extraction and Odontectomy Procedure:

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery, known as jaw surgery to most, is preformed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Common reasons for jaw surgery include:

  • TMJ or temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction caused by trauma or deformation
  • Major or minor trauma
  • Malocclusion or incorrect bite
  • Clenching, or grinding of the teeth causing excessive tooth wear
  • Difficulty chewing, eating, opening and closing the mouth, or talking
  • Incorrect jaw position and un-proportioned facial appearance

Your dentist will refer you to see the surgeon if he/she feels your situation will benefit from a surgical treatment option


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