Double jaw surgery is also known as Bi-maxillary Osteotomy. It is a specific type of orthognathic or corrective jaw surgery. Often, oral surgeons perform surgery on one jaw at a time. Double jaw surgery is when they perform surgery on both jaws simultaneously. The purpose of double jaw surgery is to correct both aesthetic and functional skeletal issues. A common condition double jaw surgery addresses...
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After going through any type of surgery, it’s important to follow the appropriate post-surgery procedures to recover. Sometimes, you may have to adjust your lifestyle. After an oral surgery, like wisdom teeth removal, you have the added complication of needing to adjust the foods you eat until your mouth can handle your regular diet. To help the Nashville community make the most of a menu...
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When a nonsurgical root canal fails to save a tooth, your dentist may recommend having an apicoectomy. Below is a guide to some of the most frequently asked questions about apicoectomies to help patients grasp a better understanding of this relatively common oral surgery procedure. What Is an Apicoectomy? An apicoectomy involves an oral surgeon opening the gum tissue next to the tooth to get...
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Orthodontists address issues in the mouth such as over/under bites, misaligned teeth, impactions, and conditions requiring dental appliances. Often times though, oral surgery is needed to assist orthodontists in their treatment plans. An oral surgeon will then carry out surgeries that address alignment problems in the patient’s mouth. Typically, these are done after growth in the jaw has stopped, which happen between the ages 13...
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Whether you have had oral surgery before or it is your first time, you may be a bit apprehensive about your upcoming procedure. While you’re certainly in good hands at OMSNashville, it’s normal to be a bit nervous. Here are a few tips that can help you deal with anxiety before oral surgery and feel more comfortable and relaxed about the procedure. 1. Bring Someone...
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Wondering when you may need to see an oral surgeon in Nashville like the team at OMSNashville instead of a general or family dentist? Below is a list of the top 5 most common reasons that people may need to see a specialist for oral surgery in Nashville. To Treat An Impacted Tooth When a tooth is “impacted,” this means it has not fully erupted...
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Oral surgery requires different patient preparation than other surgeries due to the nature of oral procedures. A patient undergoing oral surgery must be aware of what to do before and after surgery to minimize risk and maximize recovery. The Day Before Once you know when your oral surgery will take place, you can begin to prepare. Speak to your dentist for details about your specific...
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If you’re having oral surgery, you’re probably nervous about the whole process. Knowing what to expect can ease anxiety and help both the procedure and your recovery go more smoothly. Prepare yourself and your family with these suggestions. Talk to Your Dentist or Oral Surgeon When your healthcare provider first recommended the procedure, you might have agreed it was necessary, but not yet had time...
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Get To Know Dr. Kevin West How long have you been an oral surgeon? 11 years What inspired you to become an oral surgeon? I learned about the specialty by shadowing partners in my practice while attending college.  I liked the varied procedures and the ability to provide such a positive impact for patients. What do you enjoy most about being an oral surgeon?  The...
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How to Pick an Oral Surgeon

August 11, 2017

While your dentist is an expert at routine care like keeping your teeth clean and filling cavities, some problems require an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons have the skill and knowledge necessary for the following: Removing diseased teeth when it requires anesthesia Repairing facial trauma Reconstructive or cosmetic surgery Surgical treatment for sleep apnea Evaluating cysts and tumors of the mouth and face Planning and placement...
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