What are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeries?

Oral, dental, and maxillofacial surgeries are significant branches of dentistry. These branches have a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries, deformations, and all kinds of disorders of and around the mouth. Oral Surgery is used in the treatment of disorders in soft tissues like cheeks, lips, palate, tongue, gums, and salivary glands.  Oral surgery is performed for infections in the mouth, wounds and tears, and tongue adhesions.

Dental surgery deals with dental and tooth root diseases. Dental surgery is performed in missing teeth, complicated tooth extractions, prosthesis preparation, restoration of broken teeth, tooth infections, and sinus disorders of the upper teeth.

Maxillofacial surgery consists of procedures performed for a painless and aesthetically beautiful jaw. Maxillofacial surgery is performed in disorders of the closure of the upper and lower jaws, noises coming from the jaw joint, snoring caused by opening of the mouth, removal of cysts and tumors from the jaw, jaw locking, and slipping of the jaw disc.

What Are Oral, Dental, and Maxillofacial Surgery

Treatment methods in oral, dental, and maxillofacial surgeries based on patients’ complaints. After examination, the treatment to be applied is decided. These operations are performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation. This way, patients regain their health without pain. Missing teeth, cysts and tumors, impacted teeth, and jaw aesthetics are often encountered in oral, dental, and maxillofacial surgery applications.

How Do We Use Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for Implant Treatments in our Clinic in Antalya?

Implant is a prosthetic treatment method that is used to prepare permanent teeth instead of missing teeth. In this method, screws made of titanium or ceramic materials are inserted into the jawbone. These materials with high tissue compatibility are used to prepare the artificial tooth root.

Implants allow the completion of missing teeth and provide a healthy and aesthetic mouth. Implants are an important procedure of oral and maxillofacial surgeries and can be preferred instead of removable prostheses

Implant treatment is applied in healthy individuals who have completed their bone development and have tooth deficiencies. Implant treatment can also be performed in patients with systematic disorders under management. Use the link below to go to our Antalya Implant Treatment page and get more information on the subject.

Impacted Tooth Operations in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Teeth that cannot come out to the surface or erupt in the wrong direction because they cannot find enough space are called impacted teeth. Also known as wisdom teeth among the public, impacted teeth are hereditary in 90% of the population.

If impacted teeth are not intervened, patients’ quality of life continue to decline. Impacted teeth make it difficult to perform basic functions like speaking and chewing and cause bad odor in the mouth. Impacted teeth also negatively affect healthy teeth with the pressure they exert. These pressured teeth cause pain and later to cavities, abrasions, and inflammations in the tooth root. Impacted teeth also cause infection in the cheek and gums.

The structure of impacted teeth varies individually. Therefore, personalized treatment is applied. Treatments are performed under local anesthesia and in sterile conditions. Surgical intervention is decided based on the position, angle, and degree of impaction on the x-ray before treatment. Based on the proximity of the tooth to the nerve, this procedure may become more sensitive. Impacted tooth operations take ten to forty minutes, depending on the condition of the tooth.

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    How Does Maxillofacial Surgery Work

    For Jaw Cysts And Tumors

    Jaw cysts and tumors may originate from hereditary reasons or infective conditions like a simple dental caries. Jaw cyst and tumor operations are a frequently performed treatment protocol.

    Untreated cysts and tumors cause tooth root resorption, bone fractures, permanent loss of sensation, injuries in anatomical tissues, and even cancer.

    Cysts and tumors may present with pain, swelling, and other similar symptoms or continue to grow insidiously. Insidious cases are often encountered on radiological findings during routine controls. Regardless of how they are detected, cysts and tumors should be treated immediately before they grow any further.

    In case of cysts and tumors, first, biopsy is performed. Biopsy is a key tool to determine the type of cyst and tumor and to decide on the most appropriate treatment. Treatment time can change depending on the size of the cysts and tumors. Operations are performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. After treatment, cysts and tumors may recur or benign ones may become malignant. So, patients should be kept under control and followed up.

    Orthognathic Surgery

    For cases that cannot be resolved by orthodontic applications, orthodontic and maxillofacial surgery specialists intervene together. These interventions are called orthognathic surgery. Orthognathic surgery offers solutions to many disorders. However, to perform orthognathic surgery, the patient must have completed their bone development. Orthognathic surgery is performed for cases too large or too small jaws, prognathia or retrognathia, nonaesthetic jaw tip, and jaw asymmetries. These deformations may be genetic or occur due to trauma. Such disorders negatively affect patients’ eating, breathing, and pronunciation functions and their physical appearance.

    Orthodontic and maxillofacial surgeons plan the most appropriate treatment for patients on computerized simulation software. Treatment can be performed for a single jaw or both jaws. To achieve a perfect jaw, follow-ups continue for a couple months after surgery. At the end, the patient achieves a jaw that can fulfill both aesthetic and practical functions.

    How Does Maxillofacial Surgery Contribute to Dental Aesthetic Treatments?

    In dental aesthetic treatments, achieving a healthy and beautiful tooth structure regardless of the mouth or health condition is the most important goal. Our maxillofacial surgeon specialist in Antalya shapes our patients’ mouths according to the characteristics of their mouth and palate structure and in line with any kind of tooth structure.