Dental Specialty: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
As with general medicine, dentistry has many specialties allowing dentists who practise them to focus on a specific aspect of the oral health. Thus, dental specialists, many of whom practise within our diverse team at the Centre Dentaire Anjou, are best placed to treat certain parts of the mouth or teeth or to perform complex procedures. This is the case with our oral surgeons who, thanks to their studies and their specialization internships, have acquired skills in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Here is some information on this dental specialty which is sometimes essential for the optimal functioning of the mouth and jaws.
What is Oral and Maxillofacial surgery?
Oral and maxillofacial surgery, which is one of the specialties recognized by the Federation of Dental Specialists of Quebec, aims to evaluate and treat diseases, disorders and trauma affecting the various components of the mouth (oral), jaws (maxillo) and face (facial). This specialty, which is actually the oldest in modern dentistry, is therefore specialized as much in the teeth as in the bones and muscles of the mouth and face, and this, from a perspective that is both curative (to eliminate pain or pathologies) and restorative, even reconstructive. Oral and maxillofacial surgeries are performed as much in hospitals as in private dental clinics.
Why seek care from an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon?
In order to develop their expertise and techniques, dentists wishing to specialize in this discipline must, following their training in general dentistry, take courses and internships in universities and hospitals for a period of 5 to 7 years. This allows them to perform complex surgical procedures (complicated dental extractions, realignment of the jaws, bone grafts, dental implants, etc.).
Some Surgery Performed by These Specialists
The placement of dental implants:
Dental implants are titanium screws placed directly into the jawbone to serve as a foundation for dental restorations. As the healing takes place, they become part of the jawbone and therefore act as dental roots. The placement of dental implants requires planning and then a surgical intervention which sometimes requires special expertise.
Bone grafts :
This is an intervention that is sometimes necessary for the placement of implants. It aims to restore the volume and thickness to the jawbone when it is too thin.
Dental extractions :
While specialists can extract any teeth, they are often called upon for complex wisdom tooth extractions. Not only can their location at the back of the mouth make them difficult to remove, but they can also often erupt irregularly. It can also happen that an impacted wisdom tooth (which has not come out) is preventively extracted, which requires special skill.
They can have aesthetic or functional aims and be made necessary by a maxillo-cranial malformation or by a trauma suffered in this part of the body. Most of the time, the surgeon straightens the jaws by intervening in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), the joints that connect the mandible (lower jaw) to the skull.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeries at Centre Dentaire Anjou
If your condition requires surgery, the Centre Dentaire Anjou team will be able to assist you. Our dentists specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery will be able to take charge of various problems however challenging they may be. In order to facilitate the surgical procedures, you can, according to your needs, receive a local anesthesia or a conscious sedation performed in collaboration with nurses and qualified respiratory therapists.
So don’t hesitate to entrust your smile to our passionate surgeons!