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What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Dr. Maurizio Casciatois an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Kitchener, Ontario. Anyone who has ever been in an accident that knocked their teeth out or, who has had their wisdom teeth removed has likely been a patient of an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons, also called maxillofacial surgeons are experts in the surgical treatment of the jaw, face, teeth and associated structures. Maxillofacial surgery is the medical side of this profession and deals with the jaw, facial bones and with surgery needed to remove cancer. Oral surgery is that branch and specialty of dentistry that is concerned with and includes diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of disorders, diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions and related structures. Oral surgeons care for patients who experience such conditions as problems with wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, offer reconstructive and dental implant surgery, and care for patients with tumours and cysts of the jaws and functional and aesthetic conditions of the maxillofacial areas. With specialized knowledge in pain control and advanced training in anesthesia, the oral surgeon is able to provide quality care with maximum patient comfort and safety in the office setting. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons also correct facial deformities such as cleft palates. They also do surgery on the face and neck of cancer patients to remove tumours. Working with people that have facial deformities and tumours, their goal is to help them rid of an illness, feel better and even look better. Therefore, there are large medical and cosmetic components involved in this profession. Treatment of these conditions includes management of congenital facial anomalies such as jaw deformities related to cleft lip and palates and abnormal growth of facial bones. It also encompasses tooth extractions, treatment for traumatic injuries to the face and jaws, pathology, and reconstruction of portions of the facial bones missing as a result of trauma or surgery to remove abnormal conditions. Pre-prosthetic surgery and implant surgery at an advanced level are also within the scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Oral surgeons work in close co-operation with general dentists, physicians, and other specialties. Many find the opportunity for collaborations with peers a stimulating plus. Oral Surgeons recognize that educating patients about the procedures they perform is a critical element in providing the highest quality patient care.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are dentists who have furthered their education with four to six years of additional residency training in surgery, medicine and anesthesia. This intensive program is based in a major medical centre and involves all aspects of diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the teeth, mouth and jaws. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Casciato manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. Dr. Casciato practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from facial surgery to corrective jaw surgery and wisdom tooth removal. Dr. Casciatocan also diagnose and treat facial pain, and facial injuries, and performs a full range of dental implant procedures.

Surgical Staff

Dr. Casciato’s surgical staff are experienced, registered nurses in oral and maxillofacial surgery who assist in administration of I.V. (intravenous) sedation and surgery. We also have a trained dental assistant to assist in surgery. Our administrative personnel, are well-versed in all aspects of dental treatment and insurance policies.