What are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeries?
Oral maxillofacial surgeons are dentists who have completed at least four additional years in a hospital residency program, allowing them to offer oral and maxillofacial surgery services. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons diagnose and treat diseases, defects and injuries to the mouth, jaws and face. Maxillofacial surgery corrects facial injuries and disorders, while orthognathic surgery, also known as jaw surgery, corrects jaw alignment problems. Oral, or dental surgery, includes surgical procedures involving the teeth or gums.
Which Oral Surgery Services are Available?
If you have been searching for “dental surgery near me,” and you would like to learn more about your suitability for following oral surgery services, please contact our office and request a consultation.
Dentists will refer patients to our dental surgeons for complex extractions that require cutting the gum to extract the tooth, not a simple tooth pulling that a dentist can perform. Our patient’s tooth extraction cost varies widely and depends on the tooth’s location in the mouth, the tooth’s condition and the procedure itself. If your dentist recommends a surgical tooth extraction, call our office to arrange an appointment.
Oral Cancer Diagnosis
As dental professionals, we highly encourage oral cancer screenings to detect oral cancer at an early stage, when treatment is the most effective. Despite common belief, oral cancer is not restricted to older individuals who are heavy smokers; everyone over the age of 18 should have an oral cancer screening once a year. We will perform a biopsy on any suspicious sores or lumps.
Our oral surgeons will work in conjunction with other medical professionals to achieve oral cancer treatment, which may include chemotherapy and radiation. Oral pathology also refers to the diagnosis and treatment of any congenital or acquired oral and maxillofacial diseases.
Our oral surgeon offers IV sedation to improve patient’s comfort during procedures performed by general dentists, periodontists and prosthodontists. Our oral surgeon is experienced in providing IV sedation for both short and long or more complex procedures.
Sinus lifts are jaw surgery procedures for individuals with jawbone loss from missing back teeth who wish to have implants placed. A maxillofacial surgeon or other medical professional will graft bone to the jaw to hold the implant after lifting the maxillary sinuses to make room to the additional bone. After the surgery, there is enough bone to securely hold an implant, so the patient does not have to live with missing teeth any longer.
Platelet Rich Plasma
For oral tissue regeneration, we use a platelet rich plasma (PRP) approach, which uses the patient’s own plasma to avoid any of the risks related to using donor blood. To separate the PRP from the small amount of the patient’s blood, we utilize a centrifuge. Blood platelets promote blood clot formation, thus reducing bleeding. Platelets also are very effective in advancing the healing process, especially in bone graft surgeries as it accelerates new bone growth.
How Do I Schedule Oral Surgery Services?
Your general dentist will consider a number of more conservative treatments before suggesting oral maxillofacial surgery. Once your dentist does not have any non-surgical options left, he or she will suggest that you find oral surgery in Atlanta. When you search for “dental surgery near me,” contact our office. We perform a wide range of surgical procedures in a comfortable environment, after which, we will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. Before you leave our office, we will make sure that the instructions are clear.