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The Risks Of Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)

Posted on 11/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Close-up of teeth with a gap at Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant SpecialistsOral and maxillofacial surgery is a broad medical spectrum involving surgery of the face, jaw, and mouth. In some instances, oral and maxillofacial surgery prepares the mouth for dental treatment procedures. Oral and maxillofacial surgery addresses the following problems: pain in the jaw, tooth impingement, irregular bites, jaw, face, and mouth injuries, cleft lips, and temporomandibular disorders. Every surgery has a set of risks and complications. This is the same case with oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Damage to the nerves

Nerve damage reduces sensation on the face, tongue, and lips. Nerve damage often leads to numbness and tingling in the affected area. If the surgery involves operating near sensitive structures such as eyes, sinuses, or blood vessels, it can cause injury to the surrounding structures. For the first few days after the procedure, you can expect some swelling. However, if you notice that the swelling is excessive, it could be a pointer to a serious problem that needs further investigation. The good thing is that swelling can be managed with the use of cold compress and anti-inflammatory medicines. For patients with weak bones, bone fracture is a high possibility.


Bleeding is a high likelihood, especially among patients who use blood thinning medications. Too much bleeding can cause a hematoma. Hematoma is a condition in which blood collects in a particular area in the body leading to swelling, pain, and pressure.

Sinus problems and infection

Procedures that involve the upper jaw often present sinus problems. Infection is high in oral and maxillofacial surgery for one particular reason. The oral cavity is loaded with so much bacteria due to plaque buildup. As such, during and after the operation, the bacteria can easily find their way to the wounded area and therefore causing an infection. During oral and maxillofacial surgery, doctors use general anesthesia during the operation. Some patients may react to the anesthesia by displaying side effects such as allergies, vomiting, or nausea. We have expert maxillofacial surgeons who have years of experience in oral surgery. Be the first one to get our dental offers by subscribing to our services.

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