Oral Surgery

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

At Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons, we offer oral surgery services to deal with a number of issues from repositioning of the jaw to the removal of a tumor.

Oral surgeons perform a variety of dental procedures to correct problems with the teeth, gums, jaw and face. Dentists perform many oral procedures, including regular checkups and root canal. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons usually handle more complex surgeries such as facial reconstruction, oral birth defects and removal of impacted teeth.

What does an oral surgeon do?

Did you know that oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only health care specialists, other than anesthesiologists, who can administer all levels of sedation up to general anesthesia? Oral surgeons are unique among dental specialists in that they are trained in emergency medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology.

Oral surgeons can treat hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth and jaws. Dentists can perform common procedures but often refer a maxillofacial surgeon for more complex surgeries such as the alignment of your jaws. Oral surgeons can help reconstruct the mouth and face and repair common birth defects like cleft lip and palate. They can aid people who have facial deformities due to medical conditions.

Top 15 Benefits of Oral Surgery

There are many reasons why our oral surgeries can help alleviate pain and solve serious issues. Here the top 15 benefits of oral surgery:

  1. Addresses jawbone deterioration
  2. Convenience of no longer needing to remove and clean your dentures
  3. Durability of implants
  4. Easier to eat
  5. Enhances facial appearance
  6. Facial reconstruction
  7. Finding permanent solutions (instead of treating the symptoms)
  8. Improves speech
  9. Long-term tooth replacement
  10. Prevent damage
  11. Repair cleft lip and palate
  12. Replace lost tissue
  13. Restore crowns
  14. Sleep normally once again
  15. Surgical extraction

Conditions by Oral Surgery

There are a number of conditions that can be addressed by oral surgeons:

Cleft Lip & Palate: With this surgery, birth defects can be corrected, including changes in facial structure.

Corrective Jaw: Oral surgeons can improve a misaligned bite, repair congenital abnormalities, severe orthodontic conditions and other disorders. The jaw can be reshaped for proper realignment of the teeth and jaws.

Dentures: Oral surgery can help make a denture fit better inside your mouth by revising irregularities in your jaws. In many cases, the supporting bones have deteriorated over the years and dentures do not fit properly.

Facial Repair: Our surgeons can repair fractured jaws and broken facial bones.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders: We can help people who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which can cause strong headaches as well as facial pain.

Infections: Some infections in the face and mouth can develop into cancerous growths and become life-threatening. Oral surgery can take out infected tissue and decrease future problems.

Jaw with Unequal Growth: If your upper and lower jaws are not properly aligned, it can cause difficulty when you eat, swallow or even speak. Oral surgery can move parts or all of the upper and/or lower jaw into a new position for a more balanced and functional jaw.

Lesions: Some lesions can be removed after a biopsy indicates abnormal growth or tissue.

Reconstructive Surgery: Oral surgeons can help deal with a sudden traumatic dental and/or facial injury from an accident or sports activities. They specialize in repairing and reconstructing dental and facial structures working with hard and soft tissues.

Sleep Apnea: If you or someone you love has problems with snoring, there are surgical procedures that can help alleviate or eliminate sleep apnea. For example, laser surgery can scar and tighten the oropharynx in the back of your mouth to diminish breathing problems.

Tooth Loss: Many teeth can be replaced with dental implants to restrain other teeth from shifting. The implants can be a great choice when there is a loss of tooth because of an accident or as an alternative to dentures. They can also be surgically anchored in place in the jawbone.

Wisdom Teeth: An oral surgeon can surgically remove wisdom teeth that may be causing pain and infection of the gum tissue. By surgically removing the wisdom teeth, she can prevent damage to the other teeth as well as jaws, gums and bones.

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How do I prepare for my oral surgery?

You should plan to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your oral surgery since there will likely be an intravenous sedation or general anesthetic involved. It is recommended that you do not eat or drink, even water, at least 12 hours before your procedure.

It is best if you wear something comfortable for your surgery, some type of loose-fitting clothing. Do not wear any makeup or lipstick as well as any perfumes or body sprays. Talk to your surgeon prior to your procedure for all the details and make the experience as worry-free as possible.

What is the recovery from an oral surgery?

You can expect some discomfort and swelling in the first 48 hours following your surgery. Your surgeon can prescribe medication for pain relief. You should avoid strenuous exercise and smoking for a few weeks. You may be able to use an ice pack on the site of your surgery to decrease swelling. Make sure to talk to your doctor for your particular needs.

Depending on what type of procedure you go through, it will likely take at least two weeks to heal. Most jaw surgery take over a month to completely heal.

Why Choose Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons?

The mission of Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons as a premier surgical provider group is to offer the highest quality health care to residents of the Inland Empire. Formerly known as Arrowhead Community Surgical Medical Group, Inc., Cal Med is a unique group with approximately 35 licensed and board certified surgeons, including neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, oral, vascular and general surgeons.

Our surgeons serve as the main surgical providers (except for orthopedics) at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, including in the level 2 trauma center and regional burn center, and provide surgical services at Community Hospital of San Bernardino and Redlands Community Hospital. Our neurosurgeons provide services not only at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, but also at Riverside University Health System Medical Center and Desert Regional Medical Center.

Our president, Dev Gnanadev, M.D., is an associate medical director and chairman of the surgery department at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons is a premi surgical provider group whose mission is to offer the highest quality health care to residents of the Inland Empire. Formerly known as Arrowhead Community Surgical Medical Group, Inc., Cal Med is a unique group with approximately 35 licensed and board certified surgeons, including neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, oral, vascular and general surgeons.

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