Oral Surgery! What Does the Term Imply?

Village Dental Gives Us an Overview

Oral surgery! It sounds like a bad deal doesn’t it? Here you are at the dentists office, not one of your favorite place anyway, and suddenly, like a big ugly monster, the term “oral surgery” comes into the conversation. “Don’t Worry!” says the team at Village Dental. “It’s not such a big deal.”

Your dentist has referred you to an oral surgeon, and you might be frightened at the thought. Suddenly you become anxious and fearful.  But don’t worry! This may be a good thing, especially if you understand what oral surgery implies and why you need it, suggest the experts at Village Dental

Understanding Oral Surgery

The VD experts help us explain what an oral surgeon really does.

Let’s define the meaning of oral surgery or maxillofacial surgery. This is surgery of the mouth or jaws and face.

An oral surgeon is the person who diagnoses, treats and performs surgery to improve an injury or tooth misalignment caused by something that is wrong in one of the following areas:

  • head,
  • neck
  • face
  • jaws
  • oral muscles or other tissues

Village Dental experts tell us that this is a highly specialized field. People who decide to specialize in this medical field have to undergo a lot of schooling and training; first, they need a college degree in something related to their field then another 4 years of dentistry and then they need to get a graduate degree in oral maxillofacial surgery. Of course, then they have to spend a certain amount of time completing their residency program in a hospital. This gives them a lot of experience in the dental field and in surgical processes.

When your dentist tells you, “you need an oral surgeon,” this does not necessarily mean your situation is life threatening. It just means your dentist wants you to see a specialist who has experienced in treating conditions related to jaws and oral surgery.

When Do You Need an Oral Surgeon?

There are more than a few common reasons to use an oral surgeon. A few reasons might be because you simply want the reconstruction of teeth, gum grafting, bone removal or grafting, or maybe even the treatment of a cancerous or benign growth.Your dentist might also refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for any of these reasons:

  • Jaw pain or clicking. A diagnosis TMJ/TMD
  • Removal of wisdom teeth
  • Misalignment of jaws
  • Reconstructive work to teeth and jaw
  • Cleft palette
  • Cancer of the mouth, throat, or jaw


“In most circumstances,” say the dentists at Village Dental, ” your oral surgeon will give you specialized treatment with no pain.   The dental team that performs surgery for any of these issues is a professional one, made up of individuals who do regular dental work and oral surgery. This type of treatment in not something to worry too much about.


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