Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons care for group of patients with problem wisdom teeth, facial and TMJ pain and misaligned jaws. Additionally, they treat victims of accidents with facial injuries, place dental implants, care for patients with oral cancers, cysts and tumors of jaws. With great emphasis and knowledge of facial anatomy, they are also perform facial cosmetic surgery. As part of their training includes advanced anesthesia care, they can provide majority of their services with maximum patient comfort and safety in the office setting.
The field of orofacial pain and dysfunction involves conditions of pain that are associated with the hard and soft tissues of the head, face, neck, and all the intraoral structures. Specialists in this field finish two to three years of residency program in this field. Along with their knowledge related to pain, most are proficient in treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea using dental devices. The evaluation and treatment of orofacial pain patients has evolved into a shared responsibility between the dentist and physician, with considerable overlap that is distinguished only by the individual’s knowledge and training.
Periodontists specialize in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases oral gums and related supporting structures around teeth. Additionally, they place dental implants as well as other related procedures, including bone and soft tissue grafting. Their training includes three years of residency after dental school. Many periodontists obtain training in intravenous sedation which improves patient comfort during in-office procedures.