Though becoming a dentist is a huge feat, as a professional Dr. Ira S. Morrow DMD PC, goes above and beyond to bring his patients the most advanced treatments and procedures. In our office, comprehensive dental care involves more than just your teeth, which is why Dr. Morrow completed extra hours of continued education to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, enabling him to perform Maxillofacial Surgery. This takes extra university training so he could treat some more difficult dental and mouth problems his patients might face.
What is Maxillofacial Surgery?
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) is the special branch of dentistry that combines surgical knowledge and skills with dental and medical treatments. The maxillofacial region refers to the area of the facial skeleton that includes bones of the forehead, cheekbones, face, jaws and regional soft tissues. It includes everything from simple extractions to more complex procedures like having:
- Teeth replaced by dental implants
- Jaw, oral, or facial cyst or tumor diagnosed, removed and reconstructed
- Jaw realigned with orthodontic surgery
- Jaw joints reconstructed with TMJ surgery
- Facial bones realigned after an accident or facial trauma
Dr. Morrow works in tandem with other healthcare professionals and specialists to make sure you get the right dental procedures and maxillofacial surgeries you might require for optimal oral health.
Common Dental Related Maxillofacial Surgeries
Though Dr. Morrow does not provide some of the more complex surgical procedures in-house, there some surgical procedures he does provide. These include:
Though not commonly thought of as surgery, dental extractions often involve surgical procedures for complete removal, especially if teeth are impacted, damaged, malformed or nonrestorable. Dr. Morrow uses sedation and anesthesia to keep you comfortable during treatment. He surgically removes any soft tissues that might be in the way and works to remove the teeth. In some cases, he might have to cut away the tooth and remove it piece by piece.
Do you have a protruding chin, crooked teeth or buck teeth? If so you might be a candidate for orthodontic maxillofacial surgery. In these cases, the jaw does not grow at the same rate or simply does not align with the bony structures of the skill. Corrective jaw surgery can help improve chewing, speaking and breathing as well as enhance the patient’s appearance. Dr. Morrow will work with other specialists to determine if you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery.
If you have worn dentures for a long time, you might experience the loss of gum tissue and deterioration of the alveolar bone. This occurs because you no longer have tooth roots to stimulate the bone and keep it strong. If this happens, Dr. Morrow can help manipulate the soft tissues or even the jaw to correct the disintegration and restore stability to the way your dentures fit.
Though Dr. Morrow does not place dental implants in-office, he does provide dental implant restoration for them if you damage or lose a crown.
Treatment for Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder
If you experience consistent pain in your jaw due to jaw dysfunction then Dr. Morrow can provide treatment to realign your jaw and restore it to proper function. He can use specialized surgical procedures in tandem with oral appliances for optimal results.
Do I Need Maxillofacial Surgery?
Not sure of you would benefit from oral surgery. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Do I experience difficulty chewing, biting and swallowing?
- Do I have speech problems because of the structures in my mouth?
- Do I have chronic jaw or TMJ pain?
- Do I suffer from lock jaw or jaw stiffness?
- Do I have extensive malocclusion, an open bite or protruding jaw?
- Do I have sleeping or breathing problems?
Any of these problems can arise due to problematic structures in the maxillofacial region whether they exist at birth or are acquired as a result of hereditary, environmental influences or facial trauma and can be corrected with maxillofacial surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about the surgical procedures we provide, please contact our office in Yonkers, NY at (914) 476-4040. We can set up your consultation today!