The face and neck are complex structures from a medical point of view. They also contain important functions that allow us to breathe, chew and swallow. A surgical subspecialty called oral and maxillofacial surgery handles surgery of the jaws, face and teeth. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons often use reconstruction that can involve bone grafts from other parts of the patient’s body.
These surgeons are also routinely called in on emergency cases to repair injuries to the face and fractures to facial bones caused by traumas and accidents. They can also fix knocked out teeth and severe facial lacerations.
Cancer of the face and neck may result in a bone being removed, and bone reconstruction is needed.
For babies born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, oral/maxillofacial surgeons can reconstruct these congenital defects. Other congenital deformities, such as severe overbite or underbite, can be corrected with orthognathic surgery that moves the jaws into the correct position.
Oral and neck infections, often as a result of inadequate dental care, may also need surgical intervention.
Patients can also be treated in the office for tooth removal, extractions of erupted teeth and dental implants.
For referral to a DMC oral and maxillofacial surgeon, call 888-DMC-2500.