What Can A Maxillofacial Surgeon Do?

At the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery at Glen Allen, Dr. Herrera specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. From basic oral surgeries to complicated reconstructions, our team can help with even the most extensive cases. Want to know the extent of what a maxillofacial surgeon can do? We want all of our patients to be well-informed about Dr. Herrera’s specialty so you feel as comfortable as possible in his expert care.

What Is Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)?

OMS is a specialty that is focused on the restoration of the face and the treatment of facial diseases and injuries. In the United States, it’s considered to be a specialty branch of dentistry, and it combines dental knowledge with traditional surgical techniques.

To become an OMS specialist, a qualified dentist must complete a surgical residency through the ADA, which lasts between 4-6 years. They must also take a written and oral exam. After this, they will be board certified as an OMS specialist.

Another route to become an OMS specialist is to earn a degree as a medical doctor and a dentist. Several programs exist for this, and they usually take at least six years of intensive study.

What Does An Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeon Do?

OMS surgeons perform basic surgeries as well as extremely complex reconstructions and everything in between. This includes:

  • Dental surgeries – Maxillofacial surgeons have years of experience with common dental surgeries, including implant dentistry, removal of impacted teeth and difficult tooth extractions, bone grafting, and sinus lifts.
  • Cosmetic surgery of the head and neck – Some OMS specialists choose to undergo further training to become qualified as cosmetic surgeons, and they can offer treatments like rhinoplasty, brow lifts, cheek augmentation, and even hair transplants, in some cases. However, not all maxillofacial dentists offer these treatments.
  • Corrective jaw surgery and bite correction – Maxillofacial surgeons specialize in correcting issues like sleep apnea, facial and bite deformities, and more using corrective jaw surgery.
  • Facial and oral reconstruction – After significant trauma or a condition like lip cancer or a cleft palate, oral surgeons can reconstruct the facial structure and correct major deformities.
  • TMJ treatment – Jaw surgery can be used to treat TMJ, which is a condition that causes serious pain and discomfort of the temporomandibular joint. Some types of TMJ can only be corrected with surgical procedures.
  • Treatment of impact trauma to soft and hard tissues – Serious oral injuries to the gums, cheeks, jaw, nose, skull, and eye sockets are usually treated by maxillofacial surgeons.

Contact The Center For Oral And Facial Surgery At Glen Allen Today!

Whether you need a dental implant, treatment for TMJ, or any of the other services provided by Dr. Herrera, we’re here to help. At the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery at Glen Allen, our mission is to create an environment that’s welcoming, comforting, and informative.

Oral surgery is our specialty, and we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan and explain every step. Schedule a consultation for oral surgery at (804) 556-1233, or stop by for a visit at 4805 Lake Brook Drive, Suite #150, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060.

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