Gavin Luis Maxillofacial Institute

Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery deals with the diagnosis and treatment of a number of functional, and aesthetic conditions, of the bones, skin, and muscles of the face, mouth, and jaws.  It can be described as a bridge between medicine and dentistry. Therefore, a range of oral and maxillofacial surgical operations are carried out on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia in the dental chair; however, some may require a short general anesthetic as a day case procedures. More major maxillofacial surgeries are carried out on an inpatient basis under general anesthesia.

Gavin Luis Maxillofacial Institute

Oral & Maxillofacial Treatments

  1. Surgical dental extractions of wisdom teeth and impacted or diseased teeth
  2. Corrective jaw surgeries (orthognathic surgery)
  3. Reconstructive cosmetic maxillofacial surgery
  4. Treatment of facial trauma and deformities
  5. Placement of dental implants
  6. Bone grafting
  7. Diagnosis and surgical treatment of oral cancers
  8. Cleft lip and palate surgery
  9. Surgical and non-surgical treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  10. Surgical dental treatments under general anesthesia

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Maxillofacial surgery is performed to:

  • Improve jaw function.
  • Relieve pain.

Maxillofacial surgery can address a wide variety of dental problems and conditions, such as:

  • Diagnosing reasons for chronic dental pain.
  • Preparing the mouth for dental implants and prostheses (such as dentures).
  • Placing dental implants.
  • Removing (extracting) impacted teeth.
  • Treat oral diseases.

Procedures can also treat jaw problems, such as:

  • Bone grafting, or transplanting bone from another area of the body to replace bone that’s missing in your jaw.
  • Reconstructing your jaw to correct an abnormal bite.
  • Treating temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders that affect the area where your lower jaw attaches to your skull.
  • Treating injuries related to trauma to your face, jaw and mouth.

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a specialist in the treatment of disease problems associated with the jaws, teeth, mouth and face. The type of problems that we see may be as simple as a tooth extraction or as complicated as reconstructive or tumor surgery.

Many patients are seen and treated the same day. This is typical especially for extraction and other simple problems. Complicated problems will require separate consultations.

Begin taking prescribed pain medication as soon as possible after surgery. We recommend that you first eat something to alleviate nausea that pain medication can cause. Continue taking the medication on the prescribed schedule for the first day or two. After that time, take pain medication as needed in accordance with prescribed directions.

You have undergone significant surgery and your body needs time to recover. Plan at least three or four days to rest from normal activity. How quickly you recover depends on how you cooperate with your body’s healing process (resting, drinking liquids, taking your medications, avoiding hard foods and vigorous chewing, rinsing gently, etc.). By following these guidelines, you will minimize complications such as infection and the breakdown of the blood clot (“dry socket”) and return to your routine more quickly.

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Maxillofacial surgery is an operation performed by a highly trained dental surgeon. A variety of maxillofacial procedures can treat diseases, fix injuries or correct defects in your face, jaw or mouth. As with any operation, maxillofacial surgery has certain risks. But the procedures help many reduce pain, fix deformities and restore function.

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