Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dentistry

Watch Dental Video about Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a significant branch of surgery in dental medicine.

As the name suggests, the focus of this profession is the mouth, the jaw region, the face, and the base of the skull. However, as with many surgical fields, the surgical area is not limited to the regions described above, but is broadened by various flap operations, rib transplantations, iliac crest transplantations for bone replacement, and transplantations of the small intestine as a substitute for the oral mucosa.

Operationstema während einer Operation

surgery team

 

 

Contrary to plastic surgeons, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon is also trained in hard tissue surgery such as bone surgery. What are the benefits for the face? We would like to explain this through an example - in the video you see the profile view of a face; you can recognize the receding chin. A plastic surgeon would inject the chin with the patient’s own fat. This plastic correction would last for several years, but would then have to be repeated. The maxillofacial surgeon separates the bony part of the chin through a tiny cut in the oral cavity and attaches it in an advantageous position. The bone heals and the result is permanent.

If there is also a skeletal malocclusion, then the entire jaw – not just the chin – is brought into a better position. Additional optimal facial corrections may be achieved through a combination of soft tissue (e.g., a facelift) and hard tissue surgeries. Dentists work in close cooperation with maxillofacial surgeon, particularly concerning tumor diagnosis and aftercare.

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