Oral maxillofacial surgery deals with the surgical treatment of medical conditions associated with teeth, face, jaw, and mouth. It also involves procedures to make cosmetic changes for aesthetic reconstruction. The following conditions can be surgically managed by oral maxillofacial surgery -
Head, neck, face, jaw, or mouth
The procedure involved in performing oral maxillofacial surgery varies with the type of condition to be treated. It can be sometimes performed as an outpatient procedure that does not require patients to stay overnight in the hospital. While some treatment approaches necessitate many procedures in order to obtain the desired outcomes. Maxillofacial surgeons are qualified to use anaesthetic to reduce discomfort or pain.
Any surgical wounds may be stitched closed by the surgeon at the end of the maxillofacial surgery. Packing may be placed inside the patient’s mouth for providing protection to teeth and to absorb any fluids like blood.
Oral Maxillofacial surgery preparation varies based on the condition being managed and the treatment's goals. The surgeon will walk you through how to prepare for the surgery step-by-step, which may include -
Invasive / Surgical
A follow-up consultation for two weeks is generally recommended by most maxillofacial surgeons to examine the wound and trace any indications of infection or other issues that may arise. Even if you're feeling fine, make sure you don't miss this appointment. Patients might need to undergo some scans or X-rays to monitor the recovery process. Take the antibiotics exactly as directed. Any antibiotic-related side effects must be immediately notified. A proper oral hygiene routine must be followed as instructed by the surgeon. Sometimes, facial physiotherapy may be recommended for retraining facial muscles. The surgeon will be evaluating the healing process over time to ensure that the treatment is responding as intended.
There are risks associated with oral maxillofacial surgery, like with any procedure, including:
Recovery time after the procedure might vary almost as much as the type of oral maxillofacial surgeries themselves. While the majority of patients are able to return to their normal daily routines within a period of a few days of having their wisdom teeth extracted, people who undergo orthognathic surgery may need months to recover fully. The recovery time can be sped up by following the recommended dietary plan which includes avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and chewy and crunchy food. Applying cold compression will help relieve inflammation at the site of surgery. In many cases, patients may also be advised to avoid doing heavy exercises which can trigger bleeding or swelling and to take proper rest.
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