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 your internal alarm goes off. Suddenly you become anxious and fearful. But fear not. 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 and maxillofacial surgeon is the person who diagnoses, treats and performs surgery to improve an injury or tooth misalignment caused by injuries or issues in the head, neck, face, jaws and hard and soft oral tissues.
Village Dental experts tell us that this is a highly specialized field. People who decide to become an oral surgeon 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. This residency also teaches them to use anesthesia and pain control methods proficiently.
When your dentist tells you, “you need an oral surgeon,” this does not necessarily mean you have a challenging case to treat! It simply 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 tumor or cyst in the jaw, for example. So oral surgery can solve cosmetic or reconstructive needs. Your dentist might also refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for:
- Facial pain or TMJ/TMD
- Wisdom teeth issues
- Misaligned jaw
- Reconstructive surgery following an injury
- Cleft lip and palette surgery
- Cancer in the face, jaw or neck area
- Obstructive sleep apnea
“In most circumstances,” say the dentists at Village Dental, ” you will receive quality, pain-free treatment from board certified dentists and orthodontists, who are honest and thorough. These are professionals who perform regular dental work or oral surgery such as tooth extractions and dental implants.” If you need an oral surgeon, your dental professional will answer all your questions to help make your treatment as pain-free as possible!