Jan 28, 2013
A Quick History of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Bulloch and his team have been performing oral and maxillofacial surgery in Southern Utah for years now, and it’s been a very rewarding experience. Oral and maxillofacial surgery isn’t what it used to be. Today’s knowledge and available technologies have created a comfortable, welcoming environment for those undergoing treatments such as wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and jaw surgery.
When doctors were first experimenting with these types of treatments, that comfort level was probably completely different.
A Quick History
According to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, “The history of oral and maxillofacial surgery originates with the Civil War. During this time revolutionary advancements were made in the treatment of facial fractures for the Union and Confederacy.” So many advancements have been developed since then, especially during the 20th century.
The OMS Foundation continues to explain that “As the 20th century progressed, OMSs developed many current trauma techniques through their experiences with the dire injuries of soldiers in World War II, Korea, Viet Nam and the Gulf War.”
Modern treatment of trauma patients routinely includes the use of advanced and even three dimensional imaging that greatly improves the patient outcomes. Advances in anesthesia allow for patient comfort as well as giving the surgeons the time necessary to perform much more complex and beneficial treatments.
These technologies have also been applied to more routine procedures as well. Three dimensional imaging has greatly improved the safety and success of in-office procedures such as the removal of wisdom teeth and the placement of dental implants. Lower wisdom teeth often form roots close to the feeling nerve of the lower lip, and upper wisdom teeth can be close to or partially inside the sinus cavities. Both of these conditions are common and can lead to significant problems if approached incorrectly. The use of a 3-D x-ray machine gives Dr. Bulloch a much more complete view of the teeth and their surroundings. This allows for more precise surgery with fewer problems.
The placement of dental implants also uses these advanced technologies. Today, Dr. Bulloch places all of his dental implants with the use of 3-D pictures and computer generated placement designs. Guidance systems are also used to provide extremely precise placement. This leads to very predictable results.
Patient comfort has also been brought to a whole new level. Anesthesia options allow patients to sleep through the procedures. Medications given while the patient is asleep also help in patient comfort after the surgery. anesthesia options along with precise planning and advanced surgical techniques, greatly improve treatment success as well as patient comfort during and after the procedure.
As technology is developed at an ever increasing pace, the need for specialists who can keep up with those changes has also increased. The days of being able to do everything well are long gone, and have been replaced with a need to focus attention on one area of specialty in order to remain at the top of the field.
As long as we continue to put value on the best treatment available, and search for and implement the most recent innovations and improvements, we will all benefit from treatments that continue to improve at a tremendous and exciting pace.