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Oral and Maxillofacial Procedures

Oral and Maxillofacial Procedures

Oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures are usually done by specialist dental surgeons to treat the oral (mouth) and maxillofacial (maxilla bone and face) regions. These procedures can be used for oral infection treatment as well as reconstructive dental surgery and cosmetic dental surgery.

Temperomandibular disorders can be treated using these procedures. These affect the temperomandibular joint which is the hinge joint in the face where the upper and lower jaws meet. The TMJ joint allows you to talk, chew, and generally make the jaw move up and down. Facial pain can occur from TMJ disorders, and seeing the dentist for TMJ can be helpful. The dentist can treat the neuromuscular condition as well as recommend oral maxillofacial surgeons if surgery is required. Oral maxillofacial surgeons can treat the jaws, mouth, skull, face, and neck.

Reconstructive dental surgery is performed for disorders of the mouth, loss of teeth or gums, or in cases of temperomandibular joint disorders. During the oral surgery, the dentist can insert dental bridges or dental implants to reconstruct missing teeth. Reconstructive surgery is indicated both as a dental cosmetic procedure as well as a medically necessary procedure. It is medically indicated for mouth injury, reduced oral functions such as inability to chew or talk and other medical conditions.

Cosmetic dental surgery is done to fill the space created by the missing tooth. However, maxillofacial surgeries can also be a form of plastic surgery when the reconstruction involves tissues of the face. Facial reconstruction surgery has been performed successfully in the past.

The cost for oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures can vary. There are different levels of reconstructive dental surgery depending on how affected the jaw is. Full reconstructive surgery will naturally cost more than minor reconstructions will. If the surgery is required for medical dental treatment, insurance can cover a portion of the cost. Speak to your dental surgeon for more information on oral and maxillofacial procedures as well as their cost.

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