Defining Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Older Man CrosswordThere are many reasons why someone might require oral or maxillofacial surgery. You can probably guess that the definition of oral surgery is surgery on your mouth. Maxillofacial surgeries include the face and upper jawbone. The Corona dentists at Dental Associates of Corona provide a multi-specialty practice to patients. If you need oral surgery, you can have it under the same roof as the rest of your comprehensive dentistry services.

What is an Oral Surgeon?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specialists who can focus surgical treatment on any part of your oral cavity, head, neck, jaw, or face. At Dental Associates of Corona, we are prepared with an on-site anesthesiologist. This means that you can rest assured that you will be blissfully unaware (but very well taken care of) while we perform your surgery in our comfortable office. Nitrous oxide (commonly referred to as laughing gas) may be sufficient for minor procedures. Laughing gas is administered through a mask, takes effect quickly, and also wears off quickly. However, we can also provide the possibility of deeper oral conscious sedation or IV sedation depending on your surgical needs and your overall health.

Oral Surgeries

Among the most common oral and maxillofacial surgeries are wisdom teeth extraction (either because they’re impacted, or growing in at the wrong angle) and biopsies of suspicious lesions, tumors, or cysts. Another example of oral/maxillofacial surgery is to fix a jaw which is misaligned, or to help with persistent TMJ disorder that doesn’t respond to non-invasive treatments. Extractions of unsalvageable decayed teeth is necessary for some patients. Alveoplasty is a type of surgery which slightly reduces jawbone tissue to help dentures fit better. Conversely, there are also bone graft surgeries for patients who don’t have sufficient jawbone density to support dental implants.

Oral Surgery from Corona Dentists

To schedule a consultation for oral surgery with your Corona dentists, contact our 92879 dental office today by calling (951) 273-9580. We offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to ensure optimum oral health, and we welcome patients from Corona and surrounding communities.