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Is Maxillofacial Surgery Painful?

Posted on 6/5/2023 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
Is Maxillofacial Surgery Painful?When people hear about oral surgery, they think about extensive operations and jaws breaking to correct the misalignment. This misconception makes the procedure seem painful and full of side effects. The truth is a maxillofacial surgery involves making minor cuts in the affected area to correct the deformities. A maxillofacial surgeon uses a general anesthetic to numb the area. Therefore, you will not feel any pain or discomfort during the surgery. While you may experience pain and swelling around your face after numbness resolves, pain medications and cold compress can help to manage this. Read on and learn the benefits of oral surgery.

Long-Lasting Tooth Replacement Option

There are various options for addressing a missing tooth. For instance, dental bridges and dentures are effective tooth replacement options. With these procedures, a crown will rest above the gum tissues. This means that you will not replace the roots. Hence, no jawbone stimulation. While these tooth restorations may last several years, you may need occasional replacements and repairs. However, replacing a tooth with maxillofacial surgery replaces the crown and the tooth. This provides a long-lasting solution while improving oral health.

Address the Root Cause of the Problem but Not the Visible Symptoms

Sometimes, you might think of taking over-the-counter medications to relieve pain. While this can work, it may not treat the underlying problem. For instance, jawbone deterioration can worsen if not treated. An effective treatment for this condition may involve bone grafting to replace the lost tissues.

Transform Your Smile

Oral surgery is a good step to transforming your smile. First, it allows the dentist to replace a tooth with a durable option (dental implant). A dental implant looks like a natural tooth. Thus, no one will notice that you have lost your tooth. In addition, oral surgery is an effective procedure for bone grafting and sinus lift. It is also a good solution for uneven jaw or impacted teeth. Treating these oral issues helps to improve your smile.

Do you have concerns or questions about maxillofacial surgery? Call us today, and our professionals will determine whether you are an ideal candidate for the surgery.

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