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What is a Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Posted in cosmetic dentistry, Dental Care, Dental Implant, Dental Surgery, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Extraction, and Wisdom Teeth

What is a Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Erbsville Dental in Waterloo has a new maxillofacial surgeon. You may wonder, what is a maxillofacial surgeon? A maxillofacial or oral surgeon is a medical doctor who is trained to help with injuries or conditions related to a person’s head, neck, mouth, jaw, and face. Maxillofacial surgeons often have a degree in dentistry and a degree in medicine.

The vast majority of surgeries performed by oral / maxillofacial surgeons are outpatient operations. Meaning you can go home after it’s done. Maxillofacial surgeons are also trained in anesthesia specifically for these types of procedures. They can also help manage pain and aftercare.

Oral or Maxillofacial

The term “oral surgeon” and “maxillofacial surgeon” are synonymous of each other as maxillofacial surgeon’s often treat the same issues as oral surgeons. But maxillofacial surgeons overall treat more and somewhat invasive conditions from the neck to the scalp.

For example. Like oral surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons preform dental implants. They replace unhealthy real teeth with permanent synthetic ones. But they also do mouth and jaw reconstructive surgeries that may involve shaping bone, adjusting joints, and rebuilding sockets. Maxillofacial Surgeon’s also can help with Cleft Lip or cleft Palate, a common birth defect that deforms the lips and mouth.

Dr. John McIntosh

Having Dr. McIntosh (a maxillofacial surgeon) as part of the Erbsville Dental team is very convenient if you need this type of oral care. You will not need a referral to go to another dental clinic or doctors’ office. It can all be done on-site at Erbsville Dental.

Dr. McIntosh specializes in wisdom tooth removal including impacted wisdom teeth. You can rest easy knowing your in good hands at Erbsville Dental. Their maxillofacial surgeon like the rest of the team is Caring, Friendly, and Experienced!

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Accordingly, always seek the advice of your Dentist or other healthcare providers regarding a dental condition or treatment.