Oral surgery, also known as maxillofacial surgery, is a branch of dentistry that involves diagnosing, evaluating, and treating diseases, injuries, and defects in the mouth, jaws and face. This type of surgery focuses on treating conditions that are complex and require extensive training to address them effectively. The primary goal of oral surgery is to restore function and aesthetics for a healthy mouth, focusing on treating problems that can affect the hard and soft tissues that involve the mouth and skull.
It involves both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, which can help patients who suffer from various types of facial trauma or irregularity. Depending on the procedure or treatment needed, oral surgery can sometimes involve using surgical tools or drills for reshaping bones or performing biopsies if cancerous growths are suspected.
When is oral surgery needed?
Oral surgery may be necessary to help restore both form and function of the face, mouth, and jaw structures. It can be used to correct many conditions, such as:
- Impacted wisdom teeth: When the tooth doesn't fully erupt from the gums.
- Tooth decay: When a cavity is too large to be treated with a filling.
- Periodontal disease: An infection of the gums and bone that supports teeth.
- Oral cancer: Any abnormal growth or lesion in the mouth.
- TMJ disorder: Pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint.
- Bone grafting: When there is not enough healthy bone for dental implants.
- Facial injury or trauma: Including broken facial bones.
- Sleep apnea: A condition where the person stops breathing during sleep.
Oral Surgery in Glendale is performed by Dr. Leo Aghajanian, who keeps up with current developments in this field by attending courses and conferences to stay updated on best practices. He performs surgeries using advanced technology, such as 3-D imaging equipment or lasers, for precise results.
omprehensive postoperative care and follow-up appointments are also provided in our dental office in Glendale to ensure optimal healing outcomes for our patients.