Wisdom teeth are the 18-year molars, or third molars, erupting normally at the age of wisdom. in the majority of cases, the third molars do not have sufficient space in the mouth. For this reason, wisdom teeth are usually removed to either prevent problems. Or to treat existing problems. Like intermittent episodes of inflammation, decay, or the inability to maintain adjacent teeth. Wisdom teeth are most predictably removed prior to the age of 20. But prophylactic removal of these teeth is reasonable prior to the age of 30.
There are many potential complications with the removal of wisdom teeth. Most complications are very rare. The most common complications include soreness and bleeding. also a condition commonly referred to as dry-socket. Dry socket is a condition where the blood clot is lost prematurely 3-5 days after an extraction resulting in painful, exposed bone. There is an office treatment, which can alleviate the pain immediately and easily. The more serious complications, are nerve problems resulting in altered sensation or numbness. These potential problems are discussed in detail prior to proceeding with the treatment.
What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
Simply put, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dental surgeon. They specialize in treating conditions, defects, injuries and esthetic issues of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. Their education and training gives them the unique understanding and deft expertise to assist patients with chronic problems, pain or sudden trauma. At Reno Oral Surgery, you can count on Dr. Daniel Muff and his team to deliver a high level of expertise, professionalism and service.
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Not every dental procedure requires surgery, but when you need the specialized care of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, you want the best. Dr. Daniel Muff and his staff are dedicated to delivering you the best possible care, whatever procedure you need. Dr. Muff offers a variety of services, beginning with a one-on-one consultation to assess your needs. Some of the services provided by Reno Oral Surgery include:
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have other questions about Reno Oral Surgery or services provided by Dr. Daniel Muff.
For more information about oral and maxillofacial surgeons, visit The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons website.
There are a lot of reasons you may need a tooth removed. Injury, Infection and overcrowding are just some of the reasons you might need tooth extraction from an oral surgeon. Often, a tooth extraction can take place at the oral and maxillofacial surgeon's office. Dr. Daniel Muff will be able recommend and administer the best anesthesia option for you, whether that is general anesthesia, intravenous sedation or a local anesthetic.
What to Expect:
In a tooth extraction or removal, after care is extremely important. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) has this to say about a post-extraction experience:
Following surgery, you may experience some swelling and mild discomfort, which are part of the normal healing process. Cold compresses may help decrease the swelling, and medication prescribed by your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can help manage the discomfort. You may be instructed to modify your diet following surgery and later progress to more normal foods.
Contact us to schedule a consultation and discover your tooth extraction options.
When getting fitted for dentures, it's important to make sure they are seated properly. A proper fit ensures that partial or complete dentures will be comfortable. Denture preparation can simply include taking molds of the gumline, but it is not uncommon to need a small surgical procedure. These could include:
If you need dentures or just want a better fit, contact Reno Oral Surgery for a denture preparation consultation today!
Dental implants are tooth replacements. More durable and attractive than dentures or fixed bridges, dental implants are surgically placed within the gum line and jaw bone. Dentures can contribute to continued jaw bone loss and bridges often requires reshaping or toherwise cutting down perfectly healthy teeth. Dental implants are a superior solution for a number of reasons.
What to Expect:
Taken from the AAOMS website:
Facial trauma, as in when the bones of the face or jaw are broken, is extremely serious. Face, jaw and dental injury occur most commonly around sports, but can also happen in automobile accidents, simple falls or workplace mishaps. These fractures can include:
While oral and maxillofacial surgeons can treat these fractures, the best treatment is prevention. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS):
The principles for treating facial fractures are the same as for a broken arm or leg. The parts of the bone must be lined up (reduced) and held in position long enough to permit them time to heal. This may require six or more weeks depending on the patient's age and the fracture's complexity....Because avoiding injury is always best, oral and maxillofacial surgeons advocate the use of automobile seat belts, protective mouth guards, and appropriate masks and helmets for everyone who participates in athletic pursuits at any level. You don't have to play at the professional level to sustain a serious head injury. New innovations in helmet and mouth and face guard technology have made these devices comfortable to wear and very effective in protecting the vulnerable maxillofacial area. Make sure your family is well-protected.
A more complete list of safety equipment can be found here.
Jaw joint problems are often related to the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, as it is commonly called. This small joint allows the lower jaw to move and function. It is located near the base of the ear, where the skull and lower jaw meet. Common symptoms of TMJ problems include:
What to Expect:
TMJ treatment may range from conservative dental and medical care to complex surgery. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment may include short-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and muscle relaxation, bite plate or splint therapy, and even stress management counseling.
Oral lesions or mouth ulcers that can arise from infection or inflammation are often easily treated with medication or time. However, oral lesions can also be a precursor or indicator of cancer. Often these pre-cancerous lesions will need to be biopsied, extracted or treated with lasers. Oral and jaw lesions can also lead to further infections. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) recommend mothly examinations:
When performing an oral cancer self-examination, look for the following:
If you see any of these signs or are worried about oral lesions, don't hesitate to contact Reno Oral Surgery for a consultation.
While simple procedures and treatments can be utilized to correct some bite or tooth misalignment, jaw misalignment is somewhat more serious and will usually require surgery.This jaw misalignment may be the result of injuries, birth defects or the upper and lower jaws growing at different rates. Corrective surgery can be used to treat jaw misalignment - a consultation with Dr. Daniel Muff at Reno Oral Surgery should determine whether or not you are a candidate for jaw misalignment surgery.
From the AAOMS website:
Following are some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery: