24 Apr Conditions Treated by an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Oral surgeons are dental specialists who posses additional education and training to address a range of health conditions that affect the oral cavity and face. Patients are typically referred to our oral surgeon from dentists and other physicians. Providing oral surgery services, our team treats conditions such as bone atrophy and traumatic facial injuries along with the surgical implantation of dental implants for replacing missing teeth. Other common services available at our practice include oral pathology and tooth extractions.
Common among edentulous patients who wear dentures or those who have advanced gum disease, bone atrophy involves the loss or re-absorption of bone mass. To remedy bone atrophy, our oral surgeon grafts bone tissue from another region of the body into the jawbone. Over time, new bone will fuse to existing bone so that patients can enjoy a healthier level of bone mass. This procedure is beneficial for patients receiving dental implants or implant supported dentures.
Traumatic injuries to the mouth and face may require reconstructive and corrective oral surgery to restore a patient’s oral function and appearance. Treating traumatic facial injuries often involves a combination of procedures depending on the nature and scope of the injury.
Patients missing teeth often visit our office for the placement of dental implants. These permanent replacement teeth involve the surgical insertion of a titanium rod into the jawbone. Dental implants replace the roots of an individual tooth or are used to anchor a set of dentures.
Oral pathology involves evaluating tissues in the mouth that appear suspicious or abnormal. Normally conducted in the form of taking a biopsy, oral pathology can reveal the development of oral cancer and other abnormalities that form in the oral cavity and facial region.
Removing teeth is a common surgical procedure that may be necessary during orthodontic treatment or after a dental injury when a tooth cannot be saved. Extractions are especially common for removing unnecessary third molars, also known as wisdom teeth.
Contact Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates at 405-624-1300 today to schedule an appointment with our caring and skilled oral surgeons.