Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon like Dr. Won is a dental specialist who focuses on the diagnosis, surgical and treatment of diseases, abnormalities and injuries in the teeth and jaws. Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery is a surgical specialty which involves the diagnosis, surgery and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. More simply put, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon is the orthopedic surgeon of the facial region. He or she is an individual who addresses problems ranging from the removal of impacted teeth to the repair of facial trauma.
What are some reasons to visit an Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeon?
- Teeth replaced by having dental implants inserted
- Oral surgical procedures performed in the office under outpatient ambulatory anesthesia
- Jaw, oral, or facial cyst or tumor diagnosed, removed and reconstructed
- Jaw aligned with orthognathic surgery
- Jaw joint(s) repaired with TMJ surgery
- Facial and jaw reconstruction following cancer surgery
- Facial bones realigned after facial trauma
- Consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for aesthetic surgery
- Tooth extraction
What should I expect on my first visit with Dr. Won?
Your initial consultation appointment will consist of a thorough examination and an explanation of your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
What are dental implants?
After a tooth extraction, an oral surgeon may recommend a dental bridge or dental implant to fill the void left by the extracted tooth. Dental implants are superior to a dental bridge because they offer a permanent replacement tooth that looks and functions just like a normal tooth without damaging any of the other nearby teeth.
What are the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?
- Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
- Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
- Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
- New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
- Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
- Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
- Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
- Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?
- Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t.
- Preserve natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
- Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve the quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
Can I catch any diseases from having a bone graft?
No, there are many bone substitutes available for use today. Some donor materials are processed from a cadaver or bovine (cow) bone while others are purely synthetic. The method of processing kills all living organisms from the donor material.