Prosthodontics 

Prosthodontics involves the restoration of oral function, comfort, and aesthetics by placing artificial substitutes. A wide range of restorations such as fillings, crowns, veneers, dentures, bridges, and dental implants are a part of prosthodontic treatment.  

Your dentist will use these artificial materials to restore damaged teeth, anchor crowns/bridges/dentures with dental implants, replace missing teeth, improve oral aesthetics, and correct orofacial problems.  

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities.  

Restoration of Damaged Teeth 

ProsthodonticsTeeth can be damaged during the developmental process, or the damage may occur at a later stage due to caries, teeth grinding, trauma, failing restorations, tooth exposure to acidic substances or reduction of salivary flow. Complexity of each dental condition will vary, and may involve minor or comprehensive prosthodontic intervention to address the patient’s unique concerns.  

Replacement of Missing Teeth  

Missing teeth can be replacement with the help of a variety of prosthodontic treatment options. Depending on the patient’s needs and personal goals, the dentist may recommend a fixed bridge, dental implants, removable partial dentures, complete dentures, or a combination of treatment options.  

The key to success in these procedures is to choose an experienced dentist who can provide high quality prosthodontic care. The dentist should have a thorough understanding of the dental lab work, and engage closely with the lab technicians to make sure that the customized prosthesis in each case is well-fitting, comfortable, and aesthetically appealing for the patient. 

Dental Implants  

Dental implant surgery is the most effective way to replace a missing tooth. The results with implants are long lasting or even permanent, and the success rate of the implant procedure is very high as long as a skilled oral surgeon performs it.  

Implant placement does not involve adjacent teeth for support, which allows the dentist to restore a missing tooth without compromising the health of surrounding teeth. Results are sustainable and natural looking, and you will not have to undertake any significant or special care for your implant in the long run.  

Cosmetic Dental Procedures

An experienced oral surgeon will be able to ensure that whether you need a single tooth restoration or more extensive oral rehabilitation, the artificial components used in your treatment harmoniously blend with the surrounding oral environment. In that sense, prosthodontic treatment and aesthetic skills go hand in hand.  

Your dental procedure must not only improve function and comfort levels, but also successfully reproduce shape, form, color, and aesthetics. Prothodontic expertise involves advanced bonding and whitening techniques, use of veneers and other solutions to enhance oral appearance and reshape teeth, natural looking color match, and the precise crafting and placement of fixed prosthesis like bridges and crowns.   

Correction of Complex Conditions  

Prosthodontic treatment can help improve the relationship between teeth and jaws for a correct bite. The oral surgeon will combine these treatments with other solutions to correct birth deformities such as cleft palate, treat traumatic injuries and disorders such as TMJ, as well as perform complex oral restorations for patients treated for head and neck cancer.  

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery. 

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McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL.  Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing.

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Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery 

Common Oral Surgical Procedure Oral And Maxillofacial SurgeryOral and maxillofacial surgery covers a comprehensive range of dental procedures, ranging from tooth extractions to advanced surgical correction of craniofacial anomalies and repair of jaw fractures.  

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations. 

Conditions Treated 

The following conditions can be treated most effectively by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon:  

  • Complex Oral & Facial Pain 
  • Craniofacial Anomalies 
  • Complex Dental Rehabilitation 
  • Facial Fractures & Trauma 
  • Dental Infections 
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis 
  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics 
  • Malocclusion (Misaligned Teeth & Bite) 
  • Oral/Head & Neck Cancers 
  • Oral Lesions 
  • Salivary Gland Diseases 
  • TMJ Disorders 
  • Sleep Disorders 

Advanced Treatments 

One of the most common types of oral and maxillofacial surgeries is removal of impacted wisdom teeth. However, this field involves various more advanced procedures, some of which may overlap with medical disciplines beyond dentistry. 

Overlaps usually occur in palatal birth defects, facial trauma, cleft lip, head and neck cancer, and facial cosmetic surgeries. According to the American Dental Association, there are nine other dental specialties that can offer supplementary treatments as well.  

For instance, oral pathology can help identify the cause and effects of a particular facial condition to help the oral surgeon design the right treatment. Some of the procedures may involve treatment in a hospital, and may even include an overnight stay at the hospital.  

For instance, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon may perform repair of broken facial bones in the emergency room of a hospital. Oral surgery may also be used for patients suffering from severe sleep apnea in order to correct their breathing while they are sleeping.  

Introaoral and Dento-Alveolar Surgery 

Dento-alveolar surgery may be necessary to correct conditions related to teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. Tooth extraction is the most common procedure of this type. The oral and maxillofacial surgeon may perform dental implant surgery to replace missing teeth.  

The surgeon may also perform jaw surgery, while working with an orthodontist to correct a misaligned bite. TMJ joint surgery may also be performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons to treat pathology of the jaw joint. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons often have the required training and skills to perform facial cosmetic treatments. They may provide both surgical and non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments to reduce the signs of aging and other facial imperfections, while restoring a more youthful appearance. 

Choosing an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon 

For teeth extractions, dental implants, facial injury repair, and almost any other oral procedure in between, you can expect to achieve the best outcomes with a qualified and trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon. These specialists must undergo an additional four years of training after they graduate from a dental school.  

They are also extensively trained in aesthesia and IV sedation procedures. Therefore, you must choose your oral surgeon carefully and ensure that they have the necessary professional credentials to work as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.  

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery. 

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McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL.  Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

surgeonDentists can undertake minor oral surgeries, but they are not oral surgeons or oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS), which is the complete name of these specialists. The word “maxillofacial” means pertaining to the face and jaw. 

An OMS receives four years of dental school and then completes a minimum of four to six years of additional surgical training. In addition, these specialists are trained to administer anesthesia and offer care in an office setting. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities. 

 

Training and Certification

For an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, the average total length of education and training after secondary school is 12 to 14 years.

In general, training includes two to four years of undergraduate study, four years of dental study (DMD, BDent, DDS, or BDS), and four to six years of residency training (six years include two additional years for attaining a medical degree).

Upon completing surgical training, a majority of oral and maxillofacial surgeons undertake final specialty exams. This certifying body in the US is the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). Patients can verify that a surgeon is board-certified through the ABOMS.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons with board certifications are expected to maintain current standards through continuing professional endeavors. This ensures that they remain updated in their knowledge and skills as well as practice in a safe and contemporary manner.

 

Procedural Expertise

There are various procedures that oral surgeons are trained and authorized to undertake, such as:

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction is the most recognized form of oral surgery. Some reasons for tooth extraction are as follows:

  • Teeth beyond repair either from root fracture, tooth decay, or trauma
  • Primary teeth that have failed to fall out, preventing the eruption of permanent teeth
  • Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment plans, which may warrant the removal of some teeth to decrease crowding and accomplish the optimum result

 

Cleft Lip/Palate Surgery

This surgery does not refer to a single procedure, rather a series of surgeries to help maximize the advantage to a child while minimizing the risks involved. 

 

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery typically is undertaken to treat:

  • Major or minor trauma to the jaw
  • TMJ and dysfunction due to trauma or deformation
  • Malocclusion or incorrect bite
  • Incorrect jaw position, which can cause an out-of-proportion facial appearance

 

Dental Implants

Today, dental procedures are a common procedure to replace missing teeth or offer stability to a new or existing denture. The procedure for fixing a dental implant may differ, depending on the technique used by the surgeon as well as the type of implant used. 

 

Facial Cosmetic Procedures

Their specialized surgical and dental background allows oral and maxillofacial surgeons to undertake a cosmetic procedure that involves the aesthetic and functional aspects of the face, teeth, mouth, and jaws. 

 

Sleep Apnea

Oral surgeons typically serve as a member of the sleep team to help address obstructive sleep apnea. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery.

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

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Oral Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery alabamaAny oral surgery is a delicate procedure, which should only be performed a qualified and experienced oral surgeon. These surgeons are specifically trained to perform a wide range of procedures, and will be able to deliver safe and predictable results.  

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations. 

Tooth Extraction 

Tooth extraction is a commonly performed dental surgery, which may necessary to resolve trauma or disease or correct teeth overcrowding. A simple extraction may work if the affected teeth are visible above the gum line, and the surgeon can pull them out with forceps.  

A surgical extraction may be required when it is necessary to cut the tissue or bone to remove the tooth. The wound will be closed with sutures following a surgical extraction. It can be particularly difficult to remove wisdom teeth, and the procedure should only be performed by a skilled oral surgeon.  

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 

One of the more complex forms of oral surgery is oral and maxillofacial surgery. The procedure should be performed by an oral and maxillofacial specialist. Dentoalveolar surgery, corrective jaw surgery, maxillofacial dental implants, and pre-prosthetic nerve repositioning and bone augmentation are some of the advanced procedures that are included in this category.  

Dental Implants 

Dental implant surgery is the most reliable and long-term solution to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants do not require support from the adjacent teeth, which avoids any compromise to the natural health of those teeth.  

To replace the missing tooth, the oral surgeon will insert a metal post (usually titanium) into the jawbone. The post will serve as an artificial tooth root and will fuse with the bone and gum tissue over time. This creates a solid foundation for the placement of a dental crown over the implant.  

Oral Biopsy  

Sometimes the presence of a lesion in the mouth may have to be evaluated to rule out cancer. A biopsy will have to be performed for this purpose. The oral surgeon will remove a small piece of tissue from the affected site, which will be then analyzed in the lab to check for oral cancer.  

Jaw Surgery 

If you suffer from poor jaw alignment, it may not only cause you cosmetic concerns, but also interfere with your oral function. Jaw surgery may be required to correct this condition and restore normal oral function. 

Sleep Apnea  

Sometimes it may not be possible to successfully treat sleep apnea with non-invasive treatments. In severe cases, the oral surgeon may remove excess tissue from the back of your throat. This will considerably relieve you of the sleep apnea symptoms.  

Reconstructive Surgery 

Facial injuries and knocked-out teeth can severely compromise oral function as well as appearance. The oral surgeon may perform a reconstructive surgery to replace damaged or broken teeth, treat gum tissue or jawbone damage, and correct problems of the jaw joint. Severe facial trauma may cause deformities that can be best restored with a reconstructive surgery. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery. 

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McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

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Oral Surgeon

Best Oral Surgeon Madison ALThe choice of an oral surgeon is an important decision that will have a lasting effect on the patient’s life. A patient may receive less than perfect outcome in the hands of a less experienced or less trained surgeon.  

This can cause disappointment and at times, additional money and time will have to be required on a revision surgery. For this reason, it is crucial for the patient to work with a highly trained and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. 

The appearance of an individual is closely related to the anatomy beneath. Regardless of whether a person requires cosmetic, oral, or facial surgery, they should seek a surgeon who has a thorough understanding of the underlying tissues and structures when making cosmetic improvements and the other way around.  

Double-certified, fellowship-trained, cosmetic, and oral & maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain focuses on improving both form as well as function. Dr. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities. 

Personal Rapport and Comfort Level 

The patient should closely assess how the surgeon and their staff make them feel. Every surgical procedure has certain associated risks which can create impediments in the patient’s journey to accomplish their desired appearance.  

Therefore, it is crucial for the patient to choose an oral surgeon with whom they are fully comfortable with and can trust. 

The patient should ask themselves the following questions: 

  • How do I feel when engaging with this surgeon? 
  • Do I feel that this oral surgeon will recommend safe and effective procedures for me? 
  • Do I believe that I can unhesitatingly ask the surgeon questions and express concerns throughout the oral surgery process? 
  • Will I feel comfortable enough to disclose my health history and lifestyle habits to this surgeon? 

Questions to Ask During the Consultation 

Ideally, the patient should make a list of any questions that they may have in advance of their pre-operative consultation. Certain facets that they can include in their list of questions are as follows: 

  • Information on the credentials and qualifications of the oral surgeon 
  • Details on the surgical facility 
  • Emergency protocols 
  • Risks related to oral surgery 
  • The number of oral surgeries that the surgeon has previously undertaken 
  • Alternatives to oral surgery 
  • Before and after images and testimonials of previous patients 

It is wise to choose a surgeon who is adept in the most advanced techniques for oral surgery. The use of cutting-edge procedures will offer the most benefit to the patient as the latest techniques are often an improvement over previous ones.  

Innovative solutions enable procedures to be less painful and minimally invasive with lesser risk and quicker recovery times. 

Focus on Customization 

The judicious Dr. McLain strongly believes in individualizing procedures such as oral surgery to address the unique needs of the patient to increase the odds that the surgery satisfies the patient the most.  

He does not adopt a “one-size-fits-all” approach to oral surgery and takes the time to evaluate the patient’s health condition, mouth and face stricture, and cosmetic needs as well as encourages them to share their inherent aesthetic aspirations. Dr. McLain will develop a customized and comprehensive surgical plan based on these inputs.  

Dr. McLain creates a fine balance between the principles and science and art in a way that helps create appealing results that are functionally superior as well as attractive, safe, sustainable, and natural-looking.  

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery. 

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

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Types of Oral Surgeries And What You Can Expect | Huntsville | DecaturThere are various conditions that may require oral surgery. While no one likes to the idea of undergoing surgery, your oral surgeon is ready to share certain facts that will make sure that you are adequately prepare for your upcoming surgical procedure. 

McLain Surgical Arts, led by Dr. Landon D. McLain, provides oral surgery procedures to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.

 

Different Types of Oral Surgery

Some of the most common types of oral surgeries and what patients can expect when they come into the surgeon’s office are as follows:

 

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

The last teeth to develop are the third molars. At times, these teeth may erupt without causing any problems to the patient. But more often than not, wisdom teeth either do not completely erupt or are not properly aligned. This leads to them becoming impacted between the gums and the jawbone, which also has an effect on the health of the adjacent teeth. 

 

Tooth Extractions 

A person may need a tooth or teeth extraction for a variety of reasons. Besides an impacted wisdom tooth, they may have a diseased tooth that cannot be restored or overcrowded teeth that need to be taken out to create more room for proper alignment during orthodontics.

 

Dental Implants

For patients seeking a replacement for a missing tooth, the dentist will surgically implant a metal post into the jawbone. 

This post will fuse with the gum tissue and bone over a period to create a strong foundation on which to mount a realistic-looking crown (artificial tooth). Dental implants are an excellent option for people with missing teeth who are seeking a long-term treatment solution. 

 

Biopsies

In case a patient has a lesion in their mouth that appears suspicious, the dental surgeon will undertake a biopsy to check for oral cancer. They will excise a small fragment of tissue and then send it to the laboratory for analysis. 

 

Jaw Surgery

Patients with jaws that are aligned improperly may experience issues with both appearance and functionality. Surgery is usually required to address this issue and restore function. 

 

Sleep Apnea

In case other conservative treatments are ineffective for people with serious sleep apnea, the dental surgeon can eliminate excess tissue from the back of the throat to greatly reduce symptoms. 

 

Cleft Lip/Palate 

These birth defects occur most commonly, affecting around one in 700 to 800 infants born in North America. Proper surgical treatment allows the child an excellent chance of leading a normal, healthy life. 

 

Reconstructive Surgery

Facial trauma and knocked-out teeth can make even the most mundane tasks a challenge, such as eating. These procedures replace damaged or missing teeth, address jawbone and gum damage, and correct jaw joint problems.

 

Pre-Surgery 

Prior to the surgery, the dentist will provide the patient with an outlined treatment plan as well as discuss the anesthesia options. The patient should unhesitatingly ask any questions that they may have about their surgery. Most procedures are performed using anesthesia to make sure that the patient does not experience any discomfort.

 

Post-Surgery

Similar to any surgery, there will be a recovery period. In case the patient is under general anesthesia, they will not be able to drive themselves back home after the surgery. They will want someone to pick them up as they will feel tired and groggy. The dentist may prescribe a painkiller to manage post-surgical pain.

Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery.

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

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Best Oral Surgeon

Oral Maxillofacial SurgeryOral surgery is an intricate corrective procedure. The surgeon will have to ensure that the harmony, balance, integrity, and identity of the face and mouth remain intact during an oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as create safe and predictable outcomes simultaneously. 

Oral surgery patients should identify a surgeon in a judicious manner as choosing an unskilled or inexperienced surgeon could cause unwanted outcomes, surgical complications, and further expenses on a revision procedure. 

In identifying an appropriate oral surgeon, the patient should focus on whether a surgeon has board certification in oral surgery and whether they have sufficient experience in the area. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.

 

About Dr. McLain

Double board-certified oral & maxillofacial and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS, practices in Huntsville, Alabama. At his cosmetic surgery practice, he serves patients from Birmingham, Decatur, and other Alabama neighborhoods, as well as Georgia and Tennessee. 

Along with cosmetic surgery of the face and body, Dr. McLain also provides patients with specialized surgical procedures of the mouth and jaws. 

 

Training & Experience

Dr. McLain received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and studio art from the Birmingham-Southern College. Upon completing dental school (University of Alabama School of Dentistry) as well as med school (University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio), he pursued a general surgery internship at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, and received outstanding marks.

After this, he completed an oral & maxillofacial surgery residency with a strong focus on facial trauma, reconstruction, and orthognathic surgery, along with cosmetic surgery. Dr. McLain also served as Chief Resident of the oral and maxillofacial department from 2007 to 2008.

Dr. McLain was accepted into an AACS accredited fellowship program in general cosmetic surgery shortly after the completion of his residency. In the course of his fellowship, he completed around 1,400 major surgical procedures that were focused completely on the cosmetic enhancement and revitalization of the face, body, and breast.

 

Attributes of a Good Oral Surgeon

In addition to evaluating the surgeon’s qualifications, training, and experience in the field of oral surgery, the patient should also feel at ease working with the surgeon during the treatment process. Certain attributes to seek in a good surgeon are mentioned below:

  • While answering the patient’s questions, the surgeon should be professional and transparent. The patient should be comfortable communicating with the surgeon. 
  • The surgeon should focus on the safety, predictability, and health facets of the oral surgery as well as the cosmetic results of the procedure. 
  • The surgeon should encourage the patient to talk about their concerns, functional and aesthetic goals, desires, and hopes, and provide thorough and accurate answers.

 

Focus on Individualization and Innovation 

Each person has a unique mouth and facial features. Therefore, it is vital for the surgeon to individualize the procedure, depending on the specific anatomical and cosmetic needs of the patient. When the procedure is customized to develop more complete and natural outcomes, patients experience the highest levels of satisfaction. 

Oral surgeons who focus on routinely upgrading their knowledge and skill set by educating themselves on the most advanced surgical techniques and cutting-edge technologies usually offer their patients safe and predictable outcomes. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery.

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

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How to Choose The Best Oral Surgeon in The Decatur, AL Area | MadisonOral and maxillofacial surgery can be undertaken to improve a patient’s oral well-being and appearance. Over the past few decades, oral surgery has become quite accessible and relatively affordable due to advancements in surgical technology.

Patients should choose the best oral surgeon possible for safe and cosmetically appealing results. The surgeon should have the appropriate training, qualifications, and experience to undertake procedures in a safe and effective manner.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.

 

About Dr. McLain

Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS is a double board-certified oral & maxillofacial and cosmetic surgeon serving patients in Huntsville, Alabama. Patients seek Dr. McLain from Birmingham, Decatur, and other Alabama communities, as well as, Tennessee and Georgia. Besides cosmetic surgery of the body and face, he performs surgical procedures of the jaws and mouth.

 

Why Choose a Board Certified Oral Surgeon?

Dr. McLain is board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The board has a strict selection process and only certifies a small number of surgeons each year.

Upon choosing a board certified oral surgeon, patients have an assurance that the surgeon would have received a certain minimum number of years of training in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Board certified oral surgeons will usually invest in top-notch quality standards and best practices, adopt the latest techniques, pursue continuing education, and follow the latest safety protocols to offer their patients with dramatic and safe surgical results.

 

An Eminent Leader in the Field

Dr. McLain lectures as well as serves as faculty for various American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) sponsored live surgical workshops, assisting in training cosmetic surgeons from across the globe.

He is considered an authority in oral & maxillofacial surgery and has published multiple articles on this subject, along with topics pertaining to cosmetic surgery for the face, body, and breasts.

The sagacious and reliable Dr. McLain also serves as an examiner for the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), assessing potential surgeons from various surgical disciplines who wish to attain board certification in cosmetic surgery.

 

Do Your Research before Selecting an Oral Surgeon

Oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures are generally quite complex, and should only be undertaken by an expert. Prior to proceeding with oral surgery, the patient should spend adequate time in performing their research in advance and choosing the right surgeon.

The patient should respect their body as well as their budget by being thorough and upfront. Receiving any type of surgical procedure is a vital decision. Therefore, the patient should try to get the most value from their consultations to ensure that their decision is, in fact, the correct one. 

The skill and experience of the surgeon in oral surgery is a critical factor to assess when seeking such an intricate procedure. A surgeon with extensive training in oral and maxillofacial procedures will comprehend the complexities and features of the mouth and face as well as customize the procedure to develop results that address the patient’s unique needs. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery.

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

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What is an Oral Surgery | Hunstville | Scottsboro | Decatur | MadisonThere is significant overlap between oral surgery and other dental specialties. 

General dentists can undertake minor oral surgeries, but they are not oral surgeons or oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS), which refers to the full name used to describe these specialists. 

Patients should speak to their dentists to identify which specialist they should see for the treatment of their facial or mouth issues. If the patient needs oral surgery, it is usually an outpatient procedure that necessitates local or general anesthesia. They will likely return home shortly after the surgery is completed. 

At the time of the initial appointment, the patient should certainly ask their doctor about how to prepare for the surgery, such as whether they will need to fast the night before, as well as any vital after-care guidelines that they should be aware of. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.

Types of Oral Surgery Procedures

Many people interact with an OMS for the first time to have their wisdom teeth removed. However, an OMS does much more than tooth extractions. These medical professionals also undertake the following:

Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, and these implants are embedded in the patient’s jawbone, similar to natural teeth.

Developmental Conditions

Other than cosmetic benefits, the surgical treatment of a cleft palate and cleft lip has medical advantages as well. The repair of a cleft palate and lip will offer an infant an enhanced ability to nurse or drink from a bottle while simultaneously facilitating optimal speech.

Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer (which includes oral cancer) occurs when abnormal cells within the lining of the gums, roof of the mouth, cheeks, lips, or tongue grow uncontrollably. 

Oropharyngeal cancer, which impacts the side and back walls of the throat, the soft palate, the back third of the tongue, and the tonsils, is usually lumped under this term as well.

Facial Injury and Trauma

Facial injury and trauma include fractures of the upper and lower jaws and the orbits around the eyes as well as facial lacerations. An OMS has specialized knowledge about how jaws come together (dental occlusion), which is crucial when treating complex facial fractures. 

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery (also called orthognathic surgery) is undertaken to correct various minor and major dental aberrations, including the misalignment of teeth and jaws. Surgery can improve speaking, chewing, and breathing. Orthognathic surgery is undertaken to address functional problems, but it may also dramatically enhance the patient’s appearance.

TMJ and Facial Pain

TMJ is a problem with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is found in front of the ears and connects the jaw to the skull. However, TMJ disorder is a more appropriate term for any TMJ-related dysfunction that leads to facial pain or other symptoms.

Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Plastic surgery focuses on repairing defects to re-create a normal function and appearance, whereas cosmetic surgery is meant to enhance the aesthetics of a person.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea refers to a chronic breathing condition in which an individual repeatedly stops breathing during the night. It usually occurs due to partial or complete obstruction, or collapse, of the upper airway by large tonsils, excess tissue, and/or a large tongue.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery.

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.

Who is an Oral Surgeon? | Hunstville | Scottsboro | Decatur | MadisonAn oral surgeon is a dental expert who is trained to undertake surgical procedures on the mouth, jaws, teeth, and face. 

Dentists can undertake minor oral surgeries, but they are not oral surgeons or oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS), which is the complete name of these specialists. The word “maxillofacial” means pertaining to the face and jaw. 

An OMS receives four years of dental school and then completes a minimum of four to six years of additional surgical training. In addition, these specialists are trained to administer anesthesia and offer care in an office setting. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities. 

 

Training and Certification

For an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, the average total length of education and training after secondary school is 12 to 14 years.

In general, training includes two to four years of undergraduate study, four years of dental study (DMD, BDent, DDS, or BDS), and four to six years of residency training (six years include two additional years for attaining a medical degree).

Upon completing surgical training, a majority of oral and maxillofacial surgeons undertake final specialty exams. This certifying body in the US is the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). Patients can verify that a surgeon is board-certified through the ABOMS.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons with board certifications are expected to maintain current standards through continuing professional endeavors. This ensures that they remain updated in their knowledge and skills as well as practice in a safe and contemporary manner.

 

Procedural Expertise

There are various procedures that oral surgeons are trained and authorized to undertake, such as:

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction is the most recognized form of oral surgery. Some reasons for tooth extraction are as follows:

  • Teeth beyond repair either from root fracture, tooth decay, or trauma
  • Primary teeth that have failed to fall out, preventing the eruption of permanent teeth
  • Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment plans, which may warrant the removal of some teeth to decrease crowding and accomplish the optimum result

 

Cleft Lip/Palate Surgery

This surgery does not refer to a single procedure, rather a series of surgeries to help maximize the advantage to a child while minimizing the risks involved. 

 

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery typically is undertaken to treat:

  • Major or minor trauma to the jaw
  • TMJ and dysfunction due to trauma or deformation
  • Malocclusion or incorrect bite
  • Incorrect jaw position, which can cause an out-of-proportion facial appearance

 

Dental Implants

Today, dental procedures are a common procedure to replace missing teeth or offer stability to a new or existing denture. The procedure for fixing a dental implant may differ, depending on the technique used by the surgeon as well as the type of implant used. 

 

Facial Cosmetic Procedures

Their specialized surgical and dental background allows oral and maxillofacial surgeons to undertake a cosmetic procedure that involves the aesthetic and functional aspects of the face, teeth, mouth, and jaws. 

 

Sleep Apnea

Oral surgeons typically serve as a member of the sleep team to help address obstructive sleep apnea. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery.

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.