Why Maxillofacial Surgery?
Maxillofacial surgery in Jonesboro focuses on the mouth, jaw, face, and neck issues. Your dentist or orthodontist may refer you to a maxillofacial surgeon in cases too serious to correct through standard dental procedures.
The surgeons at Northeast Arkansas Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offer surgical services, including:
- Orthognathic surgery
- Bone grafting or augmentation
- Impacted canine treatment
- Implant placement
- Pre-prosthetic surgery
- Corrective jaw surgery
Who Performs Maxillofacial Surgery?
Maxillofacial surgeons like Dr. McDonough and Dr. Phillips are dental specialists who, after completing dental school, complete a four-year surgical residency program. They train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery, and anesthesiology.
Maxillofacial surgeons also study otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), plastic surgery, emergency medicine, and other specialty areas. Dr. McDonough and Dr. Phillips each have extensive training and hands-on experience to give you comfortable treatment and the best results.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes they emerge from your gum line, and your jaw has space for them, but in most cases, they fail to develop correctly and become impacted. If this happens, your doctor can surgically remove the teeth.
Wisdom teeth that erupt incorrectly are difficult to clean and more likely to decay, get infected, or contribute to gum disease. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons strongly recommends having wisdom teeth removed as a young adult to prevent future problems and ensure optimal healing.
Facial injuries and trauma are injuries to the mouth, face, and jaw. One of the most common types of serious injury is broken bones. Fractures can involve the lower jaw, upper jaw, palate, cheekbones, eye sockets, or some combination.
These injuries can affect sight, breathing, speaking, and swallowing. Because these are such important functions, having an expert oral surgeon is incredibly important.
Avoiding injury is always best, so seat belts, protective mouth guards, and appropriate masks and helmets are essential if you participate in athletic activities.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Surgery
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet, allowing the lower jaw to move and function. If you have jaw pain, earaches, headaches, a limited ability to open or close your mouth, and clicking or grating sounds, you may have Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).
TMJ treatment ranges from conservative dental and medical care to complex surgery. If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful or if there is apparent joint damage, you may need surgery. This can involve arthroscopy or repairing damaged tissue by a direct surgical approach.
Schedule Your Surgery Consultation
You deserve to love your smile again! Contact our Northeast Arkansas Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery team to schedule your first appointment. We look forward to helping you get your smile back.