What is Oral Surgery?

What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery (also oral maxillofacial surgery) is a specialty focusing on diagnosing and treating diseases in the tissues of the head, neck, face, jaws, and mouth (such as sleep apnea). Patients who complain of pain or problems in this area are often referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for help.

Surgical services offered by oral and maxillofacial surgeons include these:

Outpatient services provided by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon include these:

  • IV sedation for minor oral procedures
  • Exposure and bonding of impacted teeth
  • Placement of dental implants
  • TMJ arthroscopy/arthrocentesis
  • Treatment of pathologic conditions of the jaws and oral tissues

Recovering from Surgery at Home

To make sure your recovery after surgery goes smoothly, please read our guides about how you can speed up your healing at home.

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