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Things you should know about Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

The advancements in the field of dentistry have made a great significance in the life of people. With new procedures and methods being introduced every day, it is now reaching more segments of people than before. The common myth has been busted in the recent days that the dental and reconstructive procedures are expensive. Now, people across various socio-economic groups across the globe are getting benefited due to the advancements in science and technology.

Maxillofacial surgeons are experts, performing facial reconstructive surgeries and restoring surgeries to enhance the appearance of the face and restore the functionality. It becomes seemingly important to understand the difference between the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, to understand and appreciate their tasks. To be an Oral Surgeon, the doctor has to undergo additional years of training directly related to surgical treatment, in addition to his degree. Oral and maxillofacial surgery, commonly known as OMF is concerned with treating problems related to the mouth, jaws, facial structure, neck and various other parts of the body associated with it.

Let us understand various tasks that could be performed by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.

Tooth Extraction:

Tooth Extraction

An Oral Surgeon can remove damaged teeth and also give Anaesthesia during the extraction of the tooth.

Placing dental implants:

Dental implants

Oral Surgeons play an important role in replacing your missing tooth. They reconstruct the bone in certain areas, where the implant is required. They can modify the gum tissues around the implants to give the natural and attractive appearance.

Treating facial trauma:

Facial Trauma

When the jaws get disfigured due to an accident or a fracture, Oral surgeons can repair the fractured jaw and facial bones. They are also specialized in reconnecting cut nerves. They also treat other facial injuries like repairing oral tissues, jaws, cheek and nasal bones, eye sockets, and the forehead.

Evaluating Pathologic Conditions:

pathological conditions

Cysts and tumors of the mouth and face are removed by an oral surgeon. He can also treat people with malignant oral, head and neck cancer. Other areas of their concentration are, treating infections of the oral cavity, salivary glands, jaws, and neck.

Cleft lip /palate surgery:

cleft palate surgery

This is a special type of surgery to correct the changes in facial structure caused by this birth defect. Many children have irregularities, and birth defects which require treatments.

An advanced dental procedure requires a team effort. The Dentist, Orthodontist and oral surgeon all must collaborate to determine an Orthogenic Surgery. The oral surgeon only decides which procedure is appropriate. The oral surgeon often provides surgical consultation and counsels the patients. The task of an Oral Surgeon should be highly appreciated. They not only restore the appearance but also help us to perform the regular activities of our lives without any much greater difficulties.


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10 FAQs on Orthodontics

People often get confused about how they will get the perfect solution for their dental problems. While people regularly go to a physician to get their ailments checked, many of them suffer in silence when it comes to dental irregularities, resigned to thinking they have to put up with misaligned teeth for the rest of their lives. This is not uncommon since most people have no clue about how orthodontics differs from conventional dentist practices and to whom it may be of potential use. Here are some of the FAQs about Orthodontics you must read:

1. What is orthodontics? How does it differ from conventional dental practices?

Orthodontics is a division of dentistry, which deals with the diagnosis and providing therapy for problems faced due to teeth and facial irregularities. Orthodontics is a specialization and not all dentists are orthodontists since it requires an additional knowledge and advanced study on orthodontics which is achieved by only 5-10% of dentists overall.

2. Who should consult orthodontists and what is the ideal age for general consultation?

Anybody with an asymmetrical dental and facial structure can consult orthodontists. However, the ideal age recommended is as early as 7 years because the earlier a problem is detected, the easier it is to obtain a solution for it. At Apollo White Dental, we insist on “Look before you Leap”.

3. What are the causes of orthodontic problems? Can we avoid it by taking precautionary steps?

Partially, YES. You can avoid it by avoiding practices like thumb/pacifier sucking at childhood. But in most of the cases, the problems arise due to accidents, inherited genetically like crowding of tooth and other irregularities related to jaw and lips.

4. Why is orthodontic treatment necessary?

Who doesn’t want to feel lively, energetic and full of confidence all the time? Also when there are orthodontic problems, people may be subjected to pain in gums, decaying of tooth and other dental related issues. At Apollo White Dental, a bright and happy smile is what we promise to you.

5. What would be the cost of an Orthodontist treatment?

The cost of the treatment varies for different dental issues.  At Apollo White Dental, we recommend the patients to schedule for a thorough initial examination in order to analyze, assess and detect the exact dental issue, thus paving way for the orthodontists to come up with the type of treatment and cost for the same.

6. What will I get to know from the initial examination by an Orthodontist?

Once you go for an initial examination, you’ll get to know about the prevailing orthodontic problems, treatment for the problem detected, the duration of the treatment and the cost for the entire treatment. In short, we provide you a full, thorough analysis of your condition.

7. What is the duration of the treatment?

The duration varies for different cases. It depends on the severity of patient’s orthodontic problems. However, the average time period involved in the treatment would be 8 to 30 months.

8. What are the most common orthodontic problems?

The most common orthodontic problems are overjet/protruding tooth, crowding, deep overbite, spacing, crossbite, lower jaw protrusion. However, we recommend you to schedule an appointment and consult the orthodontist for other extensive details.

9. Do braces hurt? What are the restrictions for a patient who wears braces?

Most patients experience a sense of pain for 2 to 3 days. After few visits to dentist, the patient no longer feels the soreness. The restrictions will be mainly based on food intake for the maintenance of braces. They will be clearly explained in person. After putting on the braces people are generally advised to brush twice a day.

10. Can you tell me about Emergency Appointment and its significance?

There may be a situation where braces could have been broken, or may be causing you an unexpected pain. In those times, we offer emergency appointment to help serve you quickly by fixing an immediate appointment for you. However, we will guide you through telephone in most of the cases.

We hope these FAQs will surely help you take a better decision and get back your flawless smile. If you still have doubts, feel free to call us at 18001-02-02-88.