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What Is Oral Maxillofacial Surgery?

Posted on 1/2/2024 by San Tan Oral Surgery
Image of an oral surgery. Modern technology ensures the presence of specialist surgeons for different parts of the body. Among these specialties is oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS), a unique profession requiring qualifications in dentistry and medicine and additional specialist surgical training. Read on for more details about oral maxillofacial surgery.

The OMS Specialty

OMS is an oral specialty within dentistry comprising both dentistry and medicine. While oral surgery includes surgery in the mouth, only some performing this surgery are oral surgeons. Therefore, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a surgeon specializing in facial, jaw, and oral surgery. These surgeons remove impacted wisdom teeth, place dental implants, and perform difficult teeth extractions and bone grafting.

Is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Similar to a Plastic Surgeon?

Plastic surgeons and OMS perform similar procedures but are not interchangeable. A plastic surgeon has a doctor of medicine degree and can perform reconstructive surgery on other parts of the body. In contrast, a maxillofacial has a doctor of dental surgery besides their medicine degree, and their practice is limited to the facial areas.

Why Would You Need Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

An oral and maxillofacial surgery relieves jaw pain and improves its function. The procedure also addresses dental conditions by diagnosing chronic dental pain, preparing the mouth for dental implants, treating oral diseases, and extracting impacted teeth. Other reasons for OMS include correction of congenital disabilities like cleft lip and palate, treatment of facial trauma, and diagnosis and treatment of cancer, tumors, and other growths in your neck, head, and mouth.

Bottom Line

Oral and maxillofacial surgery comprises operations to correct an injury, disease, or defect on your mouth, jaw, or face. These dental surgeons are qualified to undertake the challenge and diagnose and treat your condition. Therefore, if you think that you are suffering from any of the above conditions, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our OMS.
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