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Who Is A Good Candidate For A Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is typically a cosmetic procedure, which means that it is less invasive than a major surgery like a heart transplant. Maxillofacial surgery is also referred to as maxillofacial surgery, but in reality, it is a lot more than just cleaning your molars. It involves more than just chewing your food. It is also used to help correct problems with alignment and to provide better facial features.

Two of the most common types of facial treatments are performing dentures, which helps correct problems with the bite and moving gum tissue and doing maxillofacial surgery. Oral maxillofacial surgery is performed on an outpatient basis when your regular dentist cannot perform the corrective action needed. When an oral surgeon makes a referral for this type of treatment, he will evaluate the severity of your condition and determine if it warrants a referral to an orthognathic surgeon. Both types of treatments can be done together or separately, depending on your dentist’s instructions.


Dentures are designed to replace one or more missing teeth so you can chew your food properly. Many people have been able to get rid of their crooked teeth by using removable dentures. This is commonly referred to as “invisible dentures.” Maxillofacial (or maxillofacial surgery) can also be done using removable dentures, but in some cases, there may be more deformities than desired. If the dentist is unsure about the severity of the defect, he can order additional tests to find out exactly what is wrong.


Maxillofacial (or oral maxillofacial surgery) includes many procedures performed with your mouth in mind. Your jaw, tongue, lips, gums, and cheekbones are all addressed. If you have misaligned teeth or need to replace some of them because they are cracked, broken, or chipped, your oral maxillofacial surgeons can perform various types of jaw and tongue reparations. If your jaw needs to be reshaped because of growth, this can also be accomplished.

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There are severalĀ types of dental implants available for oral maxillofacial surgery. Dental implants are artificial teeth. The dentist will evaluate your mouth structure and the health of your jaw before ordering dental implants. Since dental implants are made to fit into the bone where the original tooth used to be, there is little need for reconstructive surgery and no significant period of downtime after the procedure is completed.


Cost of the oral surgery is dependent upon the type of procedure that is performed and the complexity of the procedure required. Complex procedures will cost more than simpler ones, such as replacing single tooth. Complex facial structures such as the upper jaw may require more than one procedure to repair the damage, which adds to the overall costs of the procedure. Upper and lower jaw replacements will vary in price, depending on the exact needs that oral surgery is needed to address.

Long-Term Benefits

It is also important to consider the long-term benefits of corrective jaw surgery. Will it be necessary to have corrective jaw surgery again down the road? The cost of the procedure itself will factor into this question. If the cost of the corrective jaw surgery is less than the cost of the procedure, then there is no cost to re-consolidate the cost of the procedure into your regular budget. However, if the cost of the corrective jaw surgery is more than the cost of the procedure, then it is important to make sure that you can pay for the procedure before requesting the revision. As with any major medical procedure, there are always the unforeseen costs that can come along with any type of surgery, so it is important to know how much it is going to cost you over the long run, both when getting the initial procedure and when you are seeking revision treatments for your jaw surgery.

Medical History

Does your candidate for the surgery have a history of serious gum disease or malocclusion (gum problems that affect chewing) or does he or she only have a history of liposuction? These issues are important to look at when considering these candidates. People who chew their food properly and have no problems with excess saliva are ideal candidates for the surgery. People with serious birth defects should also not be candidates because these individuals may not be able to get enough oxygen into their mouth during the procedure. Maxillofacial surgeons who have performed the procedure on a patient with any type of birth defect should not be considered because the surgeon has already compromised his ability to perform the revision procedure if the patient were to undergo revision surgery with the same birth defect. If you meet all of the other qualifications listed here, you may be a good candidate for maxillofacial surgery.

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