Know your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

April 5, 2018
DR. SEGIN CHANDRAN K R
Education

Ever had a serious dental or face injury/emergency? When you suffer something serious, you need a specialized caregiver for addressing the same. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are professionals trained in various aspects of surgeries related to face, jaws and teeth.

Oral and Maxillofacial region of your body includes mouth and all its connecting regions. We chew with our jawbone and our teeth. This area is part of the network with our face, head and neck. When you have oral and maxillofacial surgery, someone operates on your face.

The most frequent reason is that you need to replace some teeth. Generally, this happens due to trauma or illness. A punch in the mouth or car wreck might displace your teeth. The surgery would fix or replace the broken areas.

You also might develop a disease in your mouth or its surrounding region. A tumor or cyst could jeopardize your health, especially if any cancerous cells are a part of the infected area. When that happens, you may need part of your jaw removed or reconstructed which is possible only through the trained hands of an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon.

The hinge of your jaw might not function right. If so, Temperomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery will correct the issue. Many developmental anomalies like cleft lip & palate, abnormal jaw growth, facial deviation and esthetic corrections of face and jaws are the routine job of a Maxillofacial surgeon.

A specialist in this type of dentistry has to do a lot more emergency work than others. Usually after a RTA or any other accident, injured person is directly taken to emergency department of major hospitals, where maxillofacial surgeon along with neurosurgeon, orthopaedician and other specialties attend the patient, as and when their care is needed. After the vitals are stabilized, jaws and related structures are reconstructed to its original position by maxillofacial surgeons.

All minor surgeries in and around oro-facial region is addressed by Maxillofacial surgeon. This kind of specialist must know and treat a range of injuries and illnesses across four major parts of the body: the neck, face, jaw, and mouth. The most frequent surgery is tooth extraction, especially when a person suffers from impacted wisdom teeth.

People with cleft palates and lips can receive treatment to correct the problem. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will alter the facial structure to fix the physical issue. It is considered a medical rather than cosmetic surgery.

It’s a demanding job, as the surgeon must understand all dentistry, general medicine, and many forms of surgery. Medical specialty doctors, general dentists and other specialties rely on these surgeons to get their surgical corrections of oral & maxillofacial region, who are specially trained for such jobs.

Many oral surgeries are emergency situations that require immediate medical treatment, possibly even surgery which these surgeons are capable of treating.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are among the most skilled of all dentists and doctors. They can treat many forms of injury, are capable of working in either a controlled or emergency situation. You should have full confidence that you’re in great hands when you work with this kind of surgeon.

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