Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a specialist surgeon treating the craniomaxillofacial complex: anatomical area of the mouth, jaws, face, skull, as well as associated structures.
Common treatments of an OMS surgeon include:
1. Dental Dento-Alveolar Surgery
- Wisdom teeth and buried teeth
- Dental Implants
- Cysts of the jaws
- Surgical Orthodontics
- Management of avulsed tooth
- Management of oro-antral perforation/fistula
2. Maxillofacial surgery
- Orthognathic/Osteotomy Surgery for Mal-aligned and deviated jaws
- Facial injuries and jaw fractures from accidents
- Jaw reconstruction and bone grafting
- Ameloblastoma, keratocysts and other jaw cysts
- Oral cancer, dental tumour
- Cleft palate surgery
- Surgery for salivary gland diseases
- Management of jaw swelling
- Extra-oral implants
3. Management of Dental & Orofacial pain
4. Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology
- Oral infections
- Oral ulcers
- White and red patches in the mouth
Jaw Surgery & Reconstruction (aka orthognathic surgery)
Abnormal jaw structures with crooked teeth can affect your facial appearance, bite, speech and can also cause sleep apnoea. Jaw Surgery can correct these conditions by realigning the abnormal jaw bones to their correct positions.
The common problems that are corrected by jaw surgery:
- Facial asymmetry / deviated jaw
- Long jaw (protruded) or short jaw (retruded)
- Gummy smiles due to elongated mid-face
- Protrusion of the upper and lower jaws
- Square face
- Abnormal bite, chewing and speech problems due to jaw disharmonies
The main goal of jaw surgery is to:
- achieve a correct bite and improve your mastication and speech
- improve facial aesthetics by harmonizing the jaw relationships
- improve the airway.
Planning for these surgery involves a team approach, from a multidisciplinary team of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Orthodontists.
After the surgery is completed, the patients are often required to adhere to a liquidized diet during the immediate postoperative period. Weight loss due to lack of appetite and liquid diet is common.
At CODEN Specialists, we have an experienced and well equipped multi-disciplinary team to discuss with you on how jaw surgery can help to improve the facial aesthetics and chewing efficiency.
Facial Trauma Treatment
Facial trauma, also called maxillofacial trauma, is any physical trauma to the face. It can involve soft tissues lacerations, burns or bruises to the tissue, or fractures of the facial, nasal and jaw bones.
Here at CODEN Specialists, our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained in the comprehensive management of trauma to the lower, middle and upper face.