Oral and maxillofacial surgery is surgery to treat many diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral (mouth) and maxillofacial (jaws and face) region.
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A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon or more affordably, Dr. Brick can remove (extract) a wisdom tooth. The procedure often can be done in the dentist's office.
If you have any infections, surgery will usually be delayed until the infection has cleared up. Your doctor or dentist may have you take antibiotics to help heal the infection.
Before removing a wisdom tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.
To remove the wisdom tooth, Dr. Brick will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. He will separate the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone and then remove the tooth. Sometimes the dentist will cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time and some have to be removed after a few days. Dr. Brick will tell you whether your stitches need to be removed. A folded cotton gauze pad placed over the wound will help stop the bleeding.
Dental implants are replacement
tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or
removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health. Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
- Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders )
Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.
Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
Common symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouthwide
- Problems when you try to open your mouth wide
- Jaws that get "stuck" or "lock" in the open- or closed-mouth position
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.
- A tired feeling in your face
- Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite -- as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Medications. Dr. Brick can prescribe higher doses of NSAIDs if you
need them for pain and swelling. He might suggest a muscle relaxer to relax your
jaw if you grind or clench your teeth. Or an anti-anxiety medication to relieve
stress, which may bring on TMD. In low doses they can also help reduce or
- A splint or night guard. These plastic mouthpieces fit over
your upper and lower teeth so they don't touch. They lessen the effects of
clenching or grinding and correct your bite by putting your teeth in a more
correct position. What's the difference between them? You wear night guards
while you sleep. You use a splint all the time. Your dentist will tell you which
type you need.
- Dental work. Your dentist can replace missing teeth and use crowns,bridges, or braces to balance the biting surfaces of your teeth or to correct a bite problem.