Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine specialties of dentistry. It is used to treat problems and medical conditions related to the mouth, teeth, jaw, and face. The practice primarily involves reconstructive surgery, trauma surgery, and dental procedures like dental implants and wisdom tooth extraction. People often wrongly use the terms oral and maxillofacial surgery interchangeably. Read on to learn more about oral and maxillofacial surgery in India:
What Is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?
As earlier said, oral and maxillofacial surgery is an advanced branch of dentistry. While all maxillofacial surgeons are oral surgeons, it’s not the same vice versa. Maxillofacial surgeons undergo extensive training to perform facial, jaw, and oral surgery. Some surgeons undergo added training to perform facial plastic surgery, microvascular surgery, and even correct congenital abnormalities in children. They work alongside other specialists like orthopedic surgeons, surgical oncologists, etc., to correct severe head and facial trauma.
What Treatments Can an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Perform?
Common procedures done by a maxillofacial surgeon in India include wisdom teeth extraction (and management), dental implant surgery, bone grafting, tooth extraction, lip and tongue-tie surgeries, TMJ treatment, and dentoalveolar trauma management.
They also perform elective surgeries like orthognathic surgery, facial and trauma surgery, cleft lip and palate repair, facial cosmetic surgery, and craniofacial surgery.
When Do You Need Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons in India treat diseases, traumas, and defects of the face, mouth, and jaw. You need a maxillofacial surgeon for advanced oral surgical procedures like bite abnormality, chronic facial pain, bone-fused dental implant, cleft lip and palate repair, etc. The surgeon also treats patients who have suffered trauma to the face or have abnormal growths in the head, neck, or mouth. In short, there are no limitations to the procedures that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can perform.
Awareness About Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in India
Even while oral and maxillofacial surgery is a rapidly growing dental specialty in India, there’s not much awareness among the general population. A recent study published in the PubMed Journals found that while medical professionals knew that trauma and facial deformities needed help from a maxillofacial surgeon, they weren’t aware of other maxillofacial problems that can be treated under this specialty.
Why Work with Dr. Richardson?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeries are expensive, and care must be taken when choosing a hospital for the procedure. Look for a hospital that’s recognized by relevant organizations and employs certified surgeons to undertake craniofacial surgeries. Remember to read reviews about the hospital and surgeon on Google and other social media websites – but use discretion to decide if they’re worth your trust.
Dr. Sunil Richardson is a leading oral and maxillofacial surgeon in India, having performed more than ten thousand cleft lip and palate repair surgeries and over eighteen thousand facial surgeries in India and abroad. Our hospital is NHB and NABH certified. We are recognized by the Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India as a National Training Centre for orthognathic surgeries.