A Quick Test Of Terms

When you visit the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgeons, you may notice that you quickly feel somewhat inundated with new terminology. Sure, you’ve learned a thing or two from your general dentist, but this is a whole new world! The good news is that while some of the words and phrases you hear may sound complicated, they’re easy to quickly understand and add to your mental files. Let’s start you off with some essentials, so you’re ready to receive the dental care you need.

Test Questions: True or False?

  1. True or False: When talking about any bumps, lumps, changes, or other issues that point to a possible disease of your oral tissues, we refer to this as “oral pathology.”
  2. True or False: If we mention dental implantology during your dental care visit, we are simply referring to the area of care, which includes the placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth.
  3. True or False: While orthognathic surgery may sound quite foreign, it’s simply the term within the field of dentistry and oral surgery that refers to the relationship between your jaws.

Test Answers

  1. True. This area of dental care focuses on illnesses that affect your mouth and surrounding areas. Fortunately, most symptoms are not a big deal. However, we suggest you schedule a visit with us if a lesion or other change shows up just to be safe.
  2. True. The goal is to reconstruct your smile by replacing the entirety of your missing tooth or teeth.
  3. True. Orthognathic surgery refers to “jaw surgery,” so we can ensure your jaws align beautifully for a smile that works well (which then lends itself to a smile that looks more esthetically pleasing).


Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).