Has your dentist or physician referred you to our practice for oral surgery? If so, you might be wondering what exactly an oral and maxillofacial surgeon does. The truth is that an oral surgeon provides an array of services and treatments that can increase oral function, correct abnormalities, and improve oral health. Some of our most common procedures include jaw surgery, tooth extractions, biopsies, and dental implant placement.
Jaw surgery is a common oral surgery procedure that can address issues with jaw development and alignment. Corrective jaw surgery might be needed for those who have suffered with traumatic facial injuries as well. When it comes to jaw surgery, the primary concern is with oral function. Ideally, treatment should increase oral function – making it more comfortable and smooth. Secondarily, jaw surgery might be necessary for improving facial symmetry and balance. This is especially true if one jaw has developed more than the other or if a congenital abnormality has greatly affected the occlusion.
Extracting teeth is necessary when teeth put one’s well being in danger. Teeth that are no longer salvageable with root canal therapy and restorations need to be extracted if they present a threat to other oral structures. For instance, when teeth are abscessed, the infection can spread from the roots of a tooth to neighboring oral tissue. In addition to extracting diseased teeth, our practice removes wisdom teeth as a precautionary measure. Retaining wisdom teeth is problematic because keeping one’s third molars increases the risk for developing tooth decay, periodontal disease, and issues with the occlusion.
Oral pathology is a service that could literally save your life. When suspicious lesions in the oral cavity develop, it is important to have them biopsied to rule out oral cancer as a concern. Oral cancer can develop anywhere in the mouth and when left untreated, this type of cancer can be fatal.
Dental implants are biocompatible replacement teeth that utilize a titanium post to replace the roots of teeth. Our practice offers dental implants consultations along with single tooth and multiple tooth replacement.
We provide gentle, state-of-the-art treatment. Call our team at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery today to reserve a consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons.