Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a surgical subspecialty in dentistry that treats abnormalities in the face, jaw, neck, and hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Our dental specialists typically perform simple tooth extractions, while more invasive procedures are done by our oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Some common dental and jaw problems that require this type of surgery include:
- Tooth extractions
- Misalignment of the jaw
- Tumors and cysts of the jaw or mouth
- Cleft lip and palate
- Correcting dental injuries
- Repairing facial trauma
- Facial pain or infection
If basic orthodontic methods cannot correct a misaligned jaw, orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, may be needed. This type of surgery can also repair birth defects, like cleft lip and palate surgery, and facial injuries.
During the procedure, our surgeon may reshape or reposition the facial bones and jaw, so that the jaw and teeth can be aligned correctly.
Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery
Cleft lip and palate occurs when a baby’s lip and palate do not form properly during pregnancy. It is a common birth defect that can be repaired through surgical treatment.
To repair the cleft lip and palate, our surgeon may create incisions on either side of the cleft and stitch muscle and skin tissue together. This closes the cleft on the lip and palate, recreating a regular lip, nose, and palate anatomy.
About AC Pediatric Dentistry
We understand that going to the dentist can be overwhelming and scary. That’s why we strive to make the experience pleasant, easy, and fun for your child. We aim to create lifelong, healthy dental habits through education and positive experiences in the dentist’s chair.