Surgical orthodontics is necessary for the health of your teeth and jaws. Oral surgeons specialize in matters of the face, teeth, and jaws in order to relive pain, correct chronic issues, and improve the appearance and fit of your teeth.
Surgical orthodontics not only corrects abnormalities of the teeth and jaw bones, but it also provides improved mobility throughout the jaw bone and improves the patient's ability to complete daily activities such as eating and talking.
Typical Oral Surgery Procedures
Not everything that falls under orthodontics is considered oral surgery. For example, the implementation of braces is not qualified as oral surgery. In order for a procedure to qualify as surgical orthodontics it has to be a severe enough problem.
Severe problems that could benefit from oral surgery could include TMD, severe and chronic pain in the jaws, misalignment of the bite that results in difficulty chewing food, or loose or broken teeth.
Oral surgery is performed by either an oral surgeon or maxillofacial surgeon who has specialized in this field of dentistry. The surgeon will work with the dentist, orthodontist, or other health professional to determine the proper procedure for the issue at hand.
Oral surgery can take a significant amount of time to complete the procedure and recovery time can be challenging as it is a serious procedure. You can expect a recovery period of several days to two weeks with a strict at home care regimen and medications to help you heal.
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