What Oral Surgeons Do

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There are many people who work in dentistry, but that does not mean they all do the same things. For example, an oral surgeon, or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is different than a dental surgeon. An oral surgeon completes four to six more years of training, and therefore has a wider range of specific skills. They can restore or repair not just teeth, but jaws and mouths, too.

Here is a list of some of the procedures an oral surgeon in Northridge is able to perform:

• Tooth removal: If you have had your wisdom teeth removed, chances are it was done by an oral surgeon.

• Jaw surgery: Oral surgeons can help to fix jaw realignment issues, or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)

• Birth defect corrections: For example, cleft lips or pallets.

• Facial reconstruction: This may be needed after an accident that changes the look of your face or affects your dental health.

• Dental implants: If you have a missing tooth, or a tooth that is severely damaged, an oral surgeon is the one that will perform the actual surgical aspect of the implant process, before you return to your general Northridge dentist.

• Remove benign tumors, cysts, or work on cases involving oral cancer.

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