Procedures


Coastal Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery performs many different oral & maxillofacial surgery procedures. The information provided here is meant to help educate you about some of the most common procedures we offer, including what to expect before and after surgery.


Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

The last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth are your wisdom teeth, or “third molars”, which come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life called the “Age of Wisdom.” What is an Impacted Tooth? How serious is an impacted wisdom tooth? Must the tooth come out if it hasn’t caused any problems yet? Wisdom Teeth Growth by Age What Happens During Surgery? What Happens after Surgery? An...

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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are often the best treatment option. Dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral & maxillofacial surgeon places in the jawbone, rather than using removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges. A Solution of Choice for Replacing Missing Teeth Anatomy of a Dental Implant Implants vs. Conventional Dentures Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants? 69%...

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TMJ (The Temporomandibular Joint)

TMJ (The Temporomandibular Joint)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) allows the lower jaw (mandible) to move and function. It is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. Symptoms of TMJ Causes of TMJ Earaches, headaches and limited ability to open the mouth are some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Other signs include clicking or grating sounds in the joint and/or pain when opening and closing the mouth. Causes of TMJ include arthritis, an injury, grinding...

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Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Oral & maxillofacial surgeons correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities using corrective jaw or orthognathic, surgery. Other procedures include alignment of the jaws and teeth, which improves chewing, speaking and breathing. Orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems, but can also result in an enhanced appearance. Conditions for Corrective Jaw Surgery: difficulty chewing, or biting food difficulty swallowing chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and...

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Oral Cancer

It’s always best to stick to a regular self examination to detect oral cancer early on. Factors That May Cause Cancer Perform a Self-Exam Monthly Early Detection & Treatment Tobacco and/or alcohol use, poor oral hygiene, poor nutrition, irritation and chronic infections are all causes of oral cancer. Follow these steps when examining your mouth: remove any dentures look and feel inside the lips and the front of gums tilt head back to inspect...

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Loud snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a life threatening disorder. Snoring Is Not Necessarily Sleep Apnea Identifying & Treating OSA Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Diagnosing Sleep Disorders Treating Sleep Apnea Surgery for Sleep Apnea Sleep disturbances and waking up episodes doesn’t necessarily mean the person has OSA, that’s why it’s important to distinguish snoring and OSA. Some non-medical...

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Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Women and men of all ages are choosing facial cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance and reduce the signs of aging and has long been the solution of choice for the correction of physical malformations resulting from aging, disease, injury and birth defects. Is Cosmetic Surgery for You? Common Procedures Skin Treatments The Facts Advanced medical devices and biomaterials makes facial cosmetic procedures minimally invasive, using local and/or...

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Anesthesia

The more you know, the less you have to be anxious about. The Less You Worry, the Easier it Will Be Extensive Training and Experience in the Control of Pain and Anxiety Putting Your Mind at Ease Whether your procedure requires local or intravenous anesthesia, modern technology makes it possible to perform complex surgeries in the office of your oral and maxillofacial surgeon, with little to no discomfort. Through extensive training, oral &...

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Nutrition

Nutrition refers to the intake of nourishment, such as the fluids and fuels we need to survive. In order to facilitate healing, nutrient needs are increased following surgery. The presence of surgical incisions in or around the mouth and postoperative swelling may make it more difficult to chew and swallow normally after oral and maxillofacial surgery. The chosen procedure may further necessitate a diet limited in consistency. Surgical Nutrition Oral Surgery Orthognathic (Jaw)...

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