Do you need to see a specialist in maxillofacial surgery?
Maxillofacial surgeons treat problems concerning the teeth and jaws as well as issues involving the bones and soft tissues of the face and neck. If you have a facial injury, disorder, disease or defect that causes you pain and/or affects your mouth function, maxillofacial surgery may be your best treatment option.
Oral Surgery vs. Maxillofacial Surgery
A maxillofacial surgeon is qualified to do everything that an oral surgeon can do — and more.
Oral surgeons treat conditions in the mouth and those involving the jaw. Oral surgery procedures commonly performed include:
- Dental implant placement
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Impacted canine treatment
- Bone grafts and other pre-prosthetic surgical treatments
- Corrective jaw surgery
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder treatment
Maxillofacial surgeons can perform all those procedures as well. In addition, they have the training and skill to handle many other types of surgical treatment, including:
- Removal of abnormal growths
- Reconstructive facial surgery
- Facial nerve repositioning
- Procedures to enlarge the airway
- Surgery to treat congenital defects
Conditions that May Require Maxillofacial Surgery
Keep in mind — though all maxillofacial surgeons are also oral surgeons, the reverse is not true. However, specialists in both oral and maxillofacial surgery are qualified to perform any procedure involving the teeth, jaws, face or neck.
Maxillofacial surgeons treat a wide range of conditions. You might want to consult with this type of specialist for the following problems:
- Tooth replacement
- Severe facial trauma
- Chronic facial pain
- Jawbone fractures
- Cleft lip and palate
- Jaw misalignment
- Nasal cavity abnormalities
- TMJ disorder
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
This is not a complete list, of course. Maxillofacial surgeons have the expertise to diagnose and treat oral cancer and many other diseases and conditions that affect the mouth, face and neck. Procedures can provide functional and aesthetic benefits, and many patients find oral and maxillofacial treatment to be life-changing.
Do You Need Maxillofacial Surgery?
The decision to undergo surgery shouldn’t be made lightly. If you think surgical treatment could be to your benefit, get an opinion from an experienced, board-certified surgeon. You may even want to get a few expert opinions from different surgeons.
After seeking out advice from a qualified professional, you’ll know whether you should move forward with surgery, and if so, what the procedure will involve.
If you suspect you need any of the treatments we listed above — or if you suffer from any of the conditions we mentioned — schedule a consultation with a local board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. For expert care in the greater central Indiana area, make an appointment at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today.