Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

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.

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