Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a general term for surgical procedures that treat the mouth, jaws, teeth, and neck. These procedures often address a wide range of dental problems, from simple, routine extractions to complex jaw realignment surgeries.

What Are the Most Common Oral and Maxillofacial Problems?

Most oral and maxillofacial problems are related to the teeth and supporting structures. If the teeth are misaligned or crooked, they can cause bite problems. This can result in jaw stiffness, jaw pain, headaches, and problems chewing. Oral and maxillofacial problems can also result from improper jaw alignment or injuries to the jaw.

The most common oral and maxillofacial problems are:

Dental crowding: When there is not enough room for the teeth to align properly, they overlap and crowd together.

Impacted teeth: These teeth are unable to erupt into the proper position.

Inadequate jawbone density: When there is not enough jawbone density to support the teeth, they may become loose and fall out.

Misaligned jaw: When the jaw is misaligned, the upper and lower teeth may not meet properly, and the upper and lower jaws may not function properly.

Periodontal disease: Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar buildup. It can cause gum recession, which can result in tooth loss.

If you are experiencing any of these issues, call our office to schedule an appointment.

Common Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeries

Tooth Extractions

Dental extractions, or the removal of one or more teeth, is a relatively common procedure. Wisdom teeth are usually extracted, but so are any baby teeth that are blocking adult teeth from coming in. In addition, we can remove teeth that are damaged or decayed beyond saving.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made from titanium that function just like your natural ones. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone and, over time, fuse with the bone. They act as a support for crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are often used to restore a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. Dental crowns are also called “caps” because they fit over a tooth as a cap would. They are made from porcelain, which is shaded to match a patient’s natural teeth.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are false teeth that replace missing teeth. A bridge fills the gap where your teeth are missing, whether it is one tooth or a few in a row. Bridges consist of two crowns placed on the teeth on either side of the gap and one or more artificial or false teeth in between. 

Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is an oral and maxillofacial surgery procedure that is done to correct a misaligned jaw. This surgery is performed to bring teeth into proper alignment to improve the form and function of the jaw. This surgery improves the patient’s ability to chew and speak.

TMJ Surgery

TMJ surgery is performed to correct problems with the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. The TMJ is the joint between the lower jaw and the skull. It allows people to open and close their mouths, bite, and move their lower jaw from side to side. The TMJ also helps to support the muscles that move the jaw.

Schedule an appointment today at J. Russell Danner, DDS in Oklahoma City by calling 405-749-1676.