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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After four years of dental school, surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, preparing them to do a wide range of procedures including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. MacIntosh, Lepczyk and Schmakel manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. Drs. MacIntosh, Lepczyk and Schmakel practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to corrective jaw surgery.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. Removal of the offending impacted wisdom teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
Dental Implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Implants are tiny titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. They act as tooth root substitutes. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth is reabsorbed, leaving a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure. Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. Once the bone graft has matured, implants can be placed.