Conditions & Symptoms

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, the surgical specialists of the dental profession, complete four to six year surgical residencies that specifically train them to diagnose, treat and manage the conditions, defects, and injuries of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. Among the conditions and symptoms treated by oral and maxillofacial surgeons are:

Diagnosis and management of impacted teeth, tooth extraction and dentoalveolar surgery;

Facial pain, including problems related to issues relating to temporomandibular joint disease;

Diagnosis and treatment of oral cancers. Patients are encouraged to perform routine oral exams and to see their general dentist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon annually for a professional examination.

Pathologies in the maxillofacial region, including the performance of biopsies and other diagnostic tests and procedures required to diagnose the problem and develop an appropriate treatment plan;

Diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition affecting approximately 45% of the US population in which breathing ceases for a brief period of time. Often characterized by loud and frequent snoring, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, poor work performance and such cardiovascular disorders as hypertension, arrhythmias and congestive heart failure.

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