Treatments & Procedures

The  oral and maxillofacial surgery residency enables oral and maxillofacial  surgeons to perform a wide variety of procedures in both an office  setting and a hospital environment. These four to six year residencies  incorporate extensive training in anesthesia administration, including  local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, intravenous sedation and general  anesthesia, all of which the surgeon may appropriately, competently and  safely administer in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office to meet  the unique requirements of the patient and the procedure. Office-based  surgery is often the most efficient and cost effective way to perform  many procedures while maintaining maximum patient comfort and safety.  Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to perform the following  treatments and procedures:

Reconstructive surgery to address hard  and soft tissue injuries in the upper and/or lower jaws resulting from  injury or trauma, tumor surgery or long-term denture wear.

Dental  implant placement to replace a single tooth, several teeth or an entire  mouthful of teeth. Dental implants offer a long-lasting, comfortable  and functional alternative to conventional dentures.

Diagnosis  and treatment of infections in the maxillofacial region, which can  develop into life-threatening emergencies if not treated promptly and  effectively.

Treatment and repair of injuries to the face, jaws,  mouth and teeth caused by trauma. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are  experts in treating trauma, including fractures of the upper and lower  jaws and orbits, and the cosmetic management of facial lacerations.

Surgical  correction of oral and facial deformities caused by differences in  skeletal growth between the upper and lower jaws; and congenital  deformities like cleft lip and palate, which occur when all or a portion  of the oral-nasal cavity does not grow together during fetal  development.

Their surgical and dental background and their  ability to reconstruct facial structures damaged through trauma, enable  oral and maxillofacial surgeons to perform facial cosmetic procedures on  an outpatient basis in the oral and maxillofacial surgeon’s office  under local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthesia.

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