deme’s oral and maxillofacial specialists have advanced training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of various tooth, jaw, head and neck conditions and injuries related to oral damage. Read on to learn about common oral and maxillofacial conditions and how our team treats them at deme.

Oral and Maxillofacial Procedures at deme

TMJ, Facial Pain: Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (also called “TMJ,” often short-handedly termed “Teeth, Mouth, and Jaw”) is a common condition characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears. “Bad bite” is the most common culprit, but an injury resulting from a blow to the meniscus cartilage is also a cause. Procedures to treat TMJ range from creating a specially molded mouthguard to wear at night, to reshaping the teeth to form a “better bite,” to Botox injections to relax muscles.

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Wisdom Tooth Extractions & Impacted Teeth: Commonly, there is inadequate space in the mouth to allow wisdom teeth (or third molars) to erupt properly and become fully functional. When this happens, the tooth can become impacted (stuck), often causing great pain. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth, and possibly cysts or tumors.

  • deme_oxo_2Root Canal (Endodontic Therapy): The complete removal of everything that lies in the infected root canal. The hollow area is then cleaned, shaped and sterilized via tiny files and irrigation solutions. An inert filling then fills up the hollow, along with dental cement.

  • Apicoectomy: Infected and inflamed soft tissue around the root of a tooth can be exceptionally painful and debilitating to the patient. The purpose of an apicoectomy is to eliminate the infection in the tissue and to ultimately preserve the function of the tooth and save it from extraction. An apicoectomy will rarely be considered by the dentist unless a prior root canal treatment has failed.

  • Oral Cancers, Tumors, Cysts, & Biopsies: In the majority of cases, the pathological changes in the oral region are uncomfortable and disfiguring, but not life threatening. However, oral cancer is on the rise (especially among men) and the chances of survival are around 80% if an immediate diagnosis is made. Oral cancer is a general term used when referring to any type of cancer affecting the tongue, jaw, and lower cheek area. Since it is impossible for the dentist to decisively diagnose a pathological disease without taking a biopsy sample of the affected area, seeking immediate treatment when changes are first noticed might be a life and death decision.

  • Sleep Apnea: There are two main types of this disorder; central sleep apnea which occurs when the brain fails to send important signals to the breathing muscles, and obstructive sleep apnea which occurs when air cannot flow through the nose or mouth even though the body is still trying to breathe. Obstructive sleep apnea is far more prevalent and easily treatable via surgery that sections the lower jaw and pulls the bone holding the tongue forward slightly. This surgery has an impressive success rate and is simple to perform.

  • Bone Grafting: This procedure is generally associated with dental restorations such as bridge work and dental implants. In the majority of cases, the success of a restoration procedure can hinge on the height, depth, and width of the jawbone at the implant site.

Call us at 215.561.3363 or contact us below to schedule your Oral and Maxillofacial Procedures consultation appointment at deme today.