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Oral Surgery Series: Common Conditions Treated By Oral Surgery

Through new dental technology, dentists are able to improve the quality of life for patients who suffer from the following five conditions through oral surgery.

Repairing a Facial Injury

If you’ve been in a car accident and suffered a fractured jaw or broken facial bone, your local dentist can repair it via oral surgery. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons use their expertise of dental occlusion to repair and treat all facial injuries of the jaw.

Getting a Biopsy and Removing a Lesion

Discovering a strange growth on your face is quite concerning. Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is a type of lesion that appears when the sun’s ultraviolet rays have damaged your skin. If left untreated, the growth can become cancerous. Dentists advise you get a biopsy and remove the lesion right away.

Fixing a Cleft Lip or a Cleft Palate

When portions or all of the mouth and nasal cavity don’t grow in unison during fetal development, it results in a cleft lip or a cleft palate, which is a gap in the lip or an opening in the roof of the mouth.  Through surgery and a series of simple treatments, dentists can fix this deformity and improve your quality of life.

Taking Care of Facial Infections

You should call your dentist immediately if you’re experiencing intense pain and swelling in your face or neck. This is the number-one sign of infection, and if left untreated, it could lead to a life-threatening medical emergency. An oral surgeon can diagnose the problem right away and provide a comprehensive treatment strategy.