There are some ailments of our oral health that require more drastic interventions, it is when we talk about oral and maxillofacial surgery. This is a branch within dentistry that treats various diseases through surgery, and they are only performed prior diagnosis and thorough study of the case. There are several diseases that may require surgical treatment such as lesions and defects in the mouth, jaws and face or other related diseases and malformations.
This discipline treats various ailments such as complex extractions, the placement of implants, in some cases the reconstruction of parts of the jaw for several reasons (accidents, malformations, atrophic), the removal of tumors or cysts , both for removal and biopsy in general the ailments linked to the jaws. The difference between a dentist and a maxillofacial surgeon is clear, the dentist deals with everything related to teeth, implants or prostheses, gum diseases, improvement of the dental position and other oral ailments. On the other hand, the maxillofacial surgeon, although treating the same areas as the dentist, is specialized, as the name suggests, in surgery that goes from bone grafts or complex dental extractions. They also include the placement of dental implants in their area of development.
Are there differences between a maxillofacial surgeon and a dentist?
It is important to note that the maxillofacial surgeon must be licensed in medicine and surgery, and in turn must be specialized in maxiofacial surgery after hospital residency. On the other hand, the dentist may or may not be a doctor, since the degrees of dentistry and medicines are two degrees that are separated.
When I could not perform a maxillofacial surgery?
There are several cases where maxillofacial surgery may not be recommended, especially in some trimester during pregnancy, so it is important that when a woman wants to get pregnant she visits her dentist to be able to previously solve diseases or problems since during pregnancy it is complicated administer certain substances and therefore the treatments become more difficult. It should be noted that in the second trimester it is possible to perform treatments, from 3 to 6 months of pregnancy they are the best to perform these procedures, although they are only recommended if they are urgent. In turn, another risk group is patients with heart disease, the administration of anesthesia can be problematic. In any case, they can be administered local anesthesia without major complications, but the entire process should be monitored well avoiding risks.