Maxillofacial surgery is a dental specialty. This specialty involves the diagnosis and surgical treatment of injuries, defects, and diseases of the soft and hard tissues of the maxillofacial and oral regions. Put in layman’s terms, a maxillofacial surgeon is much like an orthopedic surgeon of the mouth and facial region.
A maxillofacial surgeon can have training in dentistry, surgery, anesthesia, and advanced techniques such as bone grafting, jaw repositioning surgery and dental implant placement. To become a maxillofacial surgeon requires at least two years of residency in addition to the educational and residency requirements needed to become a general dentist.
Why You Would Need the Services of a Maxillofacial Surgeon
- You have suffered trauma due to accident and need your facial bones realigned.
- You have been diagnosed with an oral, jaw, or facial cyst or tumor and need it removed and then need reconstruction.
- You need to have a tooth or teeth extracted.
- You need to have teeth replaced with dental implants.
- You need to have a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for aesthetic surgery.
- Your face and jaw need to be reconstructed after cancer surgery.
- You’re experiencing difficulties with your jaw joint.
If one of the above applies to you or someone you know, you need a reliable maxillofacial surgeon with years of experience in the field. You can get a referral from your general dentist, the American Dental Association, or from a local association of dental specialists.
If you are seen by a general dentist, he or she will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for advanced care. Some general dentists are also maxillofacial surgeons, and can do procedures in their own offices, such as Dr. Ira S. Morrow DMD PC in Yonkers, New York.