Dr. Kyle T. Hunt of Central Mississippi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provides a wide variety of services for our patients with the highest level of surgical care.
We perform procedures for dental implants, bone grafting, wisdom teeth, impacted canines, jaw surgery, facial trauma, pre-prosthetic surgery and oral pathology and TMJ disorders.
To learn more about the procedures of an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, click here (www.myOMS.org) and select the video tab at the top of the page to watch informational videos. Please contact us at (601)981-3111 for more information about the services that we provide here at Central Mississippi Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Hunt and his staff will be with you every step of the way.
Sedation is an important component of our patient care. It can ease the patient’s fears of surgery. We perform intravenous (IV) or conscious sedation as well as nitrous oxide sedation.
With IV sedation, or twilight sleep, patients often have little recollection of the surgery. Patients who will be undergoing IV sedation must follow these instructions:
- Not to eat or drink anything for a minimum of six hours before the scheduled surgery
- Must have someone 18 years or older to drive them home
- Cannot wear fingernail polish or fake fingernails
- Wear loose fitting clothing to facilitate monitor placement
- Cannot drive for 24 hours after IV sedation.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, eases anxiety and allows for quicker recovery than IV sedation. The patient will inhale an anesthetic mixed with oxygen, through a nasal hood. The patient cannot drive for one hour after nitrous oxide sedation.
Dental implants are improving people’s lives. They serve as a foundation for replacement teeth that look and function like natural teeth allowing the patient to eat with confidence and not worry about problems associated with dentures.
Instead of removable dentures or bridges fixed to adjacent teeth, dental implants are long-term replacements using a titanium implant surgically inserted into the jawbone. The implant fuses with the bone and acts as a substitute for the tooth root providing a stable foundation for artificial replacement teeth.
Dental implants involve a team effort between the oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the restorative dentist. The oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically places the implants in the patient’s jaw. The restorative dentist makes the crown for the implant. This teamwork will continue throughout the follow-up examinations and aftercare.
Dental implants offer the best solution to missing teeth for people of all ages except growing children. We will evaluate your medical and dental history and, if necessary, recommend needed treatments to improve the outcome of dental implants.
Call us at (601) 981-3111 to find out more about dental implants and to schedule a consultation.
The jawbone can atrophy over time leaving too little bone for dental implants. When this is the case, we can often augment the native bone in order to have enough bone for successful implants. This procedure also contributes to an improved aesthetic appearance.
Bone grafting can also be a valuable tool in reconstruction after the removal of a tumor or cyst. This reconstruction can provide for continuity of facial bone structure and restore form and function.
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, often can contribute to problems in dental hygiene and misalignment of teeth. For many people, removal of the wisdom teeth leads to better overall oral health.
Conditions indicating the need for wisdom teeth extraction include:
- Wisdom teeth not fully erupted into the mouth, making them susceptible to infection and difficult to clean.
- Crowding of teeth and misalignment resulting from not enough room in the mouth for the teeth.
- A higher risk of cyst and tumor from wisdom teeth that stay impacted.
- Increased incidence of periodontal/gum disease and increased susceptibility to cavities due to the difficulty in cleaning wisdom teeth properly.
Surgical removal of wisdom teeth is much easier in the late teen years and early twenties. This surgery is commonly performed with IV sedation, and recovery is usually within three to seven days.
It is not uncommon for children to have impacted canines that have not erupted. Proper eruption of canines is important for functional occlusion, that is, a proper bite. These problems can be corrected by bonding a bracket to the tooth so that the tooth can be moved into place with the help of an orthodontic specialist.
Often, patients’ teeth do not line up properly. This can be due to a dental problem, a skeletal problem or a combination of both. If improper alignment is due to a dental problem, it can be treated solely with orthodontics. If there is a skeletal problem, the patient will require corrective jaw surgery as well as orthodontics.
Orthognathic or corrective jaw surgery is performed in the operating room and usually requires an overnight hospital stay. This procedure will give the patient proper form and function.
Patients can receive other benefits from this procedure. Often there is a cosmetic benefit to the facial profile from this procedure. Patients with a small jaw often have sleep apnea. This procedure can help provide relief from this problem.
Patients will have to have braces placed by an orthodontist before surgery to level and align the teeth and maintain braces after the surgery for a period of time that will be determined by the orthodontist.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly skilled in treating facial trauma. Intense training and a deep understanding of skeletal anatomy and occlusions (proper teeth alignment) give us the skills necessary to properly correct traumatic injuries.
We treat a number of facial fractures including:
- Broken jaws (mandible or maxilla)
- Fractured zygomas or cheek bones
- Fractures of the orbital bones surrounding the eye
- Nasal fractures
- Fractures of the dentoalveolar structures (bones surrounding the teeth)
We also treat these other types of facial trauma:
- Blast injuries
- Lacerations to the face, neck or ears
- Cosmetic closure of facial lacerations
- Foreign body removal
Frequently, patients will need procedures performed in conjunction with dental extractions to allow for a proper fit of prostheses. These surgeries include alveoloplasty (smoothing of the bone around the teeth after extractions), tori or exostoses removal (removing areas of excess bone), frenectomy (procedures to help with proper speech), vestibuloplasty (altering the muscle attachments on the jawbone to allow for improved prosthetic fit).
Oral pathologies can be divided into benign or malignant cysts or tumors of the head and neck area. Procedures to treat these pathologies range from minor procedures to more intensive surgery that may require reconstructive surgery.
Muscular or joint issues can cause disorders of the temporomandibular joint. These are commonly treated through a team approach of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the general dentist through conservative therapy including mouth guards, diet restrictions and cleansing the joint. Occasionally patients may need more extensive procedures which would include TMJ disc repositioning, corrective jaw surgery or TMJ replacement.
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