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Oral Surgery Defined

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Updated June 30, 2014

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After Extensive Oral Surgery

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Definition: Oral surgery is the area of medicine concerned with correcting problems or damage to the mouth, teeth and jaw. It is often referred to as "Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery" which combines oral surgery with surgery on the structures of the face, sinuses and neck.

Oral surgery is commonly performed to remove wisdom teeth, prepare the mouth for dentures, repair jaw problems and perform root canals. Oral surgeons may also perform more advanced procedures as required after trauma or severe disease damages the structures of the mouth.

Maxillofacial Surgery

Also Known As: oral and maxillofacial surgery, maxillofacial surgery, dental surgery, extractions,

Examples: The oral surgeon explained the procedure for removing the wisdom teeth.

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