Changing Lives With a Smile
Dental surgery at Smile Studio can correct diseases, injuries, and defects in your head, neck, jaws, and the area in and around your mouth.
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Who Performs Dental Surgery?
Oral surgeons are the only dental specialists who, after completing dental school, complete a four-year surgical residency program.
They train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery, and anesthesiology. Dental surgeons also spend time in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), plastic surgery, emergency medicine, and other specialty areas.
Conditions and Treatments
Your oral surgeon has many years of education and hands-on training and can treat various conditions.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery repositions your upper jaw, lower jaw, and chin to correct minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities. This includes misaligned jaws and teeth, which can improve chewing, speaking, and breathing.
If you have trouble chewing or biting food, excessive wear on your teeth, a receding chin, a protruding jaw, or sleep apnea, you may need corrective jaw surgery.
Facial injuries and trauma refer to any injury to the mouth, face, and jaw. One of the most common types of serious injury is broken bones. Fractures can involve the lower jaw, upper jaw, palate, cheekbones, eye sockets, or some combination of these.
These injuries can affect sight, breathing, speaking, and swallowing. Because these are such important functions, having an expert oral surgeon is incredibly important.
Avoiding injury is always best, so it is essential to use seat belts, protective mouth guards, and appropriate masks and helmets for everyone who participates in athletic pursuits at any level.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Surgery
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet and allow the lower jaw to move and function.
If you have jaw pain, earaches, headaches, a limited ability to open or close your mouth, and clicking or grating sounds, you may have Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).
TMJ treatment may range from conservative dental and medical care to complex surgery. If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful or if there is apparent joint damage, you may need surgery. This can involve either arthroscopy or repairing damaged tissue by a direct surgical approach.
Dental implants at Smile Studio are long-term replacements for missing teeth that your oral surgeon places in the jawbone.
They’re made of titanium and fuse with the jawbone. Dental implants never slip and never decay. Because dental implants fuse with your jawbone, you generally don’t need to worry about bone loss.
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes they emerge from your gum line, and your jaw is large enough to allow room for them. But more often than not, they fail to develop correctly and become impacted. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed.
Wisdom teeth that have erupted incorrectly tend to be difficult to clean and are more likely to decay, get infected, or contribute to gum disease. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons strongly recommends that wisdom teeth be removed when the patient is a young adult to prevent future problems and ensure optimal healing.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons recommend that everyone perform an oral cancer self-exam each month.
If you notice white or red patches, an abnormal lump, chronic sore throat or hoarseness, or difficulty chewing or swallowing, contact your oral and maxillofacial surgeon. They’ll remove a section of tissue to perform a biopsy and accurately diagnose the problem.
Oral surgeons can provide safe, effective outpatient anesthesia, including local anesthesiology nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.
During their surgical residency, oral surgeons must complete a rotation in the medical anesthesiology service. They learn about anesthesia, how to deliver the anesthetic, and monitor post-anesthetic patients.
Surgical orthodontics can treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. Surgical orthodontics is needed when your jaws don’t line up correctly, and we cannot achieve a proper bite with orthodontic treatment alone.
Your orthodontist can tell you if orthognathic surgery is necessary for your treatment.
How Does Orthognathic Surgery Work?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery in a hospital. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours, depending on each case. Once the surgery is complete, you will have a two-week rest period.
After your jaw heals, your orthodontist will “fine-tune” your bite once again. After surgery, you’ll have to wear braces, and most braces are removed within six to 12 months of surgery.