Maxillofacial surgery is an area of dentistry that specialises in problems around the mouth, jaw and neck as opposed to your actual teeth. If a case is too complicated to correct using orthodontics alone, then Maxillofacial surgery is usually the last resort. Many maxillofacial surgeons are trained in reconstructive surgery, such is the sophistication of the procedure. Maxillofacial Doctors usually attend dental school and then in addition are placed in a residency, taking on several more years of training before being allowed to practice.
How can Maxillofacial surgery help me?
Maxillofacial surgery can help in many different ways , from procedures such as the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, corrective jaw surgery or to perform serious root canals. More extreme situations may also require Maxillofacial surgery. If a patient has been involved in an accident, for example, or has been the victim of an assault, then maxillofacial surgery maybe need to treat severe injuries.
Medically, maxillofacial surgery can also help. Growths and cysts can be removed through us, although we may take a biopsy to send away for further tests. If a tumour is discovered, the maxillofacial surgeon will work alongside an oncologist, and hopefully remove the growth with a minimum of fuss. Limiting nerve damage also plays a huge part in the surgeons overall objective, and the faster a patient is treated, the more likely a full recovery will be made
Maxillofacial surgery can be life-changing for people who have suffered their entire life with disfigurement or birth deformities. Cleft palates, or harelips, can be fixed through maxillofacial surgery, and the impact can be enormous. Facial abnormalities, more so than other parts of the body, can be socially awkward or embarrassing. Corrective surgery with maxillofacial surgery can restore a patients confidence and bring a new lease of life to that person.
If you think you would benefit from any of these procedures, then give us a call today. Our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to talk about any queries you may have.