Oral surgery, also known as oral and maxillofacial surgery, is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and surgical treatment of conditions affecting the mouth, jaw, face, and associated structures. Oral surgeons are dental specialists who undergo extensive training beyond dental school to perform a wide range of surgical procedures.

Oral surgery encompasses various procedures, including:

1. Tooth Extractions: Oral surgeons perform both simple and complex tooth extractions, including impacted wisdom teeth removal. They have the expertise to handle complicated cases involving impacted or severely damaged teeth.

2. Dental Implant Placement: Oral surgeons are trained in the surgical placement of dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots used to support dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implant surgery requires precision and understanding of the underlying bone structure.

3. Corrective Jaw Surgery: Also known as orthognathic surgery, this procedure is performed to correct severe jaw abnormalities, such as malocclusions (misalignments) or skeletal discrepancies. It involves repositioning the jaws to improve bite function, facial aesthetics, and overall oral health.

4. Bone Grafting: Oral surgeons may perform bone grafting procedures to restore and augment the bone in the jaw, allowing for successful dental implant placement. Bone grafts can be sourced from the patient’s own body or from artificial or donated bone materials.

5. Treatment of Oral Pathologies: Oral surgeons diagnose and treat various oral diseases and conditions, including oral cancer, cysts, tumors, infections, and traumatic injuries to the mouth and facial structures.

6. Reconstructive Surgery: Oral surgeons may perform reconstructive procedures to restore the form and function of the mouth, jaws, and face after traumatic injuries or surgical removal of tumors or cysts.

7. TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders: Oral surgeons may diagnose and provide surgical treatment for TMJ disorders that affect the jaw joint and surrounding structures, causing pain, clicking, or limited jaw movement.

8. Cleft Lip and Palate Repair: Oral surgeons work as part of a multidisciplinary team to perform surgeries for the repair of cleft lip and palate in infants and children, helping to improve their facial appearance, speech, and ability to eat and breathe properly.

Oral surgery procedures are typically performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the surgery and the patient’s comfort level. Oral surgeons work closely with other dental and medical professionals to provide comprehensive care and ensure the best possible outcomes for their patients.

If you require any oral surgical procedures, it is important to consult with an experienced oral surgeon who can evaluate your specific condition, discuss treatment options, and provide appropriate care in a safe and comfortable environment.