Oral health, which encompasses your mouth, head and neck, is often taken for granted, but it’s an essential part of our everyday lives. Good oral health enhances our ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey our feelings and emotions through facial expressions.
Despite the fact that Americans make approximately 500 million visits annually to the dentist, oral diseases—ranging from routine tooth decay and gum disease to more serious oropharyngeal cancers—continue to cause pain and disability for millions of Americans every year.
At University of Miami Hospital’s UHealth Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and General Dentistry, you’ll find a full range of oral health services, from routine dental examinations, cleanings, and X-rays to dental implants, sleep apnea therapy, reconstructive jaw surgery, cosmetic surgery, and head and neck tumor surgery.
Oral Health / Dental Specialists
In addition to general dentistry, specialists are also available at University of Miami Hospital including:
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons treat a wide variety of dental and maxillofacial conditions. The scope of service ranges from jaw reconstruction to extraction of wisdom teeth and dental implants. Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons perform surgery which addresses both functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and maxillofacial areas. The services offered include the diagnosis and treatment of oral and maxillofacial pathology, facial trauma, surgical management of sleep apnea, dentofacial deformities, and acquired and cosmetic defects of the face.
Periodontists are responsible for the care and prevention of gum-related diseases,
guided bone regeneration, and dental implants. It is the specialty of dentistry that
includes the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting and
surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes, and the maintenance of the health, function, and aesthetics of these structures and tissues.
Prosthodontists are dental specialists who have undergone additional training and certification in the restoration and replacement of broken teeth with crowns, bridges, or removable prosthetics (dentures). It is the branch of dentistry that also specializes in understanding the dynamics of the smile, preserving a healthy mouth, and creating tooth replacements. Prosthodontists often work closely with other members of the oral healthcare team in restoring natural teeth, replacing missing teeth, and/or developing artificial substitutes for damaged oral and maxillofacial tissues.