The maxillofacial region is comprised of the face, neck jaws, tongue, and mouth. Oral maxillofacial surgery (OMS) involves the diagnosis, surgery and follow-up treatment of defects, diseases and injuries related to all aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral facial area.
When might you need oral maxillofacial surgery?
- You may need to visit an oral maxillofacial surgeon if:
- you are having a tooth extracted
- you are undergoing realignment of your fractured facial bones after an injury
- you are having dental implants inserted
- you are having an oral, facial or jaw tumor or cyst removed
- you are having your jaw joints deformity corrected
- you are having your wisdom teeth removed
- you have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- you need jaw bone grafting
- you have impacted teeth
- you have gum disease or some other oral pathology
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons often work with other medical specialists such as: orthodontists, radiologists, neurosurgeons, oncologists, pathologists, dentists, ENT surgeons.
What to do the night before your OMS
You can eat dinner, as normal, the night before your surgery. If you will be having anesthesia prior to your surgery, you should not have anything to eat or drink for at least 8 hours before your surgery. You should brush your teeth before surgery to make sure your mouth is as clean as possible, just be careful not to swallow any toothpaste or water.
Here at Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery, we are dedicated to providing the best oral surgery, in northwest Georgia. We take great pride in serving our patient’s needs using cutting-edge equipment and techniques. If you are considering an oral maxillofacial surgical procedure, contact us today to consult with Dr. Hunt or Dr. Smalley. They are happy to answer your questions.