Oral surgeons, also called maxillofacial surgeons, perform many different dental procedures to correct problems with the teeth, gums, jaw, and face. While dentists perform many procedures, oral surgeons generally handle those that are more complex, such as facial reconstruction, oral birth defects, bone grafts, and removal of impacted teeth.
People who have suffered facial injuries, or have facial deformities due to medical conditions, often see an oral surgeon to help reconstruct the mouth and face. Many of these surgeons also practice plastic surgery to help people who need to correct facial problems. Cleft lip and palette are common birth defects that oral surgeons can repair, or minimize.
Impacted wisdom teeth are very common. An oral surgeon can remove them surgically to prevent damage to the jaw, gums, and other teeth. It is possible for other teeth to also become impacted, or damaged so severely that they must be removed. Oral surgeons often replace such teeth with dental implants to prevent other teeth from shifting, and to preserve the look of a full set of teeth. Dental implants usually consist of a synthetic tooth attached to a screw that is placed in the jaw.
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