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Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Posted on 7/18/2022 by Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryPediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery is a medical procedure that diagnoses and treats infants suffering from maxillofacial, oral, and craniofacial disorders. Surgeons carrying out such operations have adequate knowledge and experience to carry out surgical procedures. They provide a broad range of surgical services to a child and tender support to the family members. Also, these oral surgeons work in hand with orthodontists to properly treat children requiring jaw surgery to ensure that all their needs are served best.

Bone Grafting

Pediatric bone grafting entails carrying out a surgical operation on a child to add a bone to the gum ridge in children born with a cleft palate and lip. This bone graft is carried out multiple years after the first cleft lip and palate repairs. The surgery takes about 2-6 hours before its completion, depending on the size of the graft to the child. A child must stay at least one day after the surgical procedure.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by difficulty in breathing when sleeping. Pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgeons examine children with such symptoms and conduct a physical examination to discover their problem. They are later subjected to tests that may include oximetry, polysomnogram, and electrocardiogram. Later, the condition can be treated by medications, oral appliances, removal of the adenoids and treatments, and positive airway pressure therapy.

Jaw Reconstruction

Children may suffer from jaw abnormalities due to various problems such as isolated cleft palate and lip, hemifacial microsomia, craniosynostosis, and jaw fracture or injury. However, oral surgeons can appropriately treat this condition using surgical procedures that keep the child's jaws in their correct position.

Are Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeries Risky?

Children exposed to oral and maxillofacial surgeries are more likely to get morbidity. Also, there are possible chances of swelling, bleeding, and minimum infection after a child is subjected to these surgical procedures.
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