Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery is rarely seen as a separate entity from adult oral and maxillofacial surgery. Many procedures are similar on adults and children; however, children have unique behavioral, anatomic, and physiologic considerations. Children also have a propensity for certain injuries and pathologic lesions. Children born with congenital anomalies may also have a special subset of needs. This article is a brief review of oral and maxillofacial surgery on the pediatric population.

Key Points

  • The procedures and techniques of oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) may be similar in adult and pediatric patients, but the behavioral and anesthetic considerations may be very different.

  • Certain procedures and clinical findings may be more common in children, simply because of their age, growth, and development.

  • Pediatric surgical patients should be evaluated as any other patient, with appropriate history, examination, and imaging.

  • Surgical planning for pediatric patients should take into consideration age, behavior, dental and physiologic development, and maxillofacial growth.

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Oct 29, 2016 | Posted by in General Dentistry | Comments Off on Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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