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Ankylosis: Stiffening or fusion of the jaw joint

Arthroscopy: A procedure to help diagnose and repair joint problems. The surgeon inserts a tiny tube with a video camera to see inside a joint, determine the cause of the problem and potentially repair the joint.

Biopsy: The collection and evaluation of a tiny sample of tissue, bone or fluid that is evaluated under a microscope

CPAP: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A device that helps airways remain open.

Impacted Tooth: A tooth that cannot come through the gum normally because of its position under the skin

Inpatient Surgery: Procedures performed in an operating room that usually require the patient spend at least one night in the hospital.

Lesion: A section of tissue or bone that is damaged or abnormal due to a medical condition or injury

Malocclusion: The upper and lower teeth do not come together correctly

Mandible: Another name for the lower jaw

Maxillofacial: Relating to the jaw (maxilla) and face (facial)

Neuroma: An injury or scar on a nerve that interferes with healing

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A medical condition in which the flow of air decreases or stops during sleep

Oral: Everything related to the mouth, including lips, teeth, gums, tongue, other soft tissue

Oral & Maxillofacial: Related to mouth, jaw and face

Osteonecrosis: A condition in which the bone (osteo) begins to die (necrosis) due to lack of blood. Medication or radiation can cause osteonecrosis.

Outpatient Surgery: Procedures performed in an operating room with the patient leaving the hospital the same day after a short stay in recovery.

Pathology: The science of the causes and effects of medical conditions, including laboratory evaluation of tissue and fluid samples

Septoplasty: Surgery to correct the alignment of bone and cartilage located between the nostrils

Tracheotomy: A surgical procedure to create a direct airway through your neck and into the trachea (windpipe)

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS): A narrowing of the airway passages due to congestion, tongue position or the structure of the nasal passages that makes it hard to breathe while sleeping