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Dentofacial Surgery

Dentofacial surgery refers to a group of surgeries that are performed on the face and teeth. It is in the specialized area of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. A person becomes a maxillofacial surgeon by becoming a dentist and then specializing in maxillofacial surgery.

A dentist is already a type of surgeon but by specializing in maxillofacial surgery, the dentist can both deepen and enlarge the scope of surgeries he or she is able to perform. Thus, a maxillofacial surgeon is able to perform all the regular dental surgeries with a high level or skill as well as being able to perform surgeries that a regular dentists cannot. In some cases, a maxillofacial surgeon will require the assistance of a general dentist or another dental specialist, like an orthodontist.

Dentofacial surgeries are used to treat conditions that cannot be treated by common dental treatments. These include genetic defects, deformatories due to trauma, temporary or chronic sinusitis, misaligned jaws, sleep apnea, and others. It can also be used in aesthetic surgery, both dental and facial. Diagnosis and Tests

Some of the more severe dentofacial deformities are identified at birth, some dentofacial deformities do not become apparent until late childhood or early adolescence.

These deformities can be diagnosed through a combination of x-rays, photographs, dental models and clinical exams. Other tests include sleep studies and speech evaluations, which can also help to identify these issues.

Treatment and Care

The exact steps of the dentofacial surgery will greatly depend on its scope and the needs of each patient. Every patient’s specific treatment is individualized, but with most treatment plans the surgeon will speak with the patient to explain the approach the dentofacial surgery will take and how to prepare for it.