What Is An Oral Surgeon?
Oral surgeons are a recognized specialty in dentistry. Oral surgery includes the diagnosis, surgical and related treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neck. It involves, but is not limited to: dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, apicoectomy, TMJ disorder, facial trauma, corrective jaw surgery, oral pathology, osseous tissue surgery, anesthesia and bone grafts.
Oral surgeons have advanced training. Many belong to American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons which states oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only recognized dental specialists who, after completing dental school, are surgically trained in an American Dental Association-accredited hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. They train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology, and also spend time in otolaryngology, plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other specialty areas. Their training focuses almost exclusively on the hard (ie, bone) and soft (ie, skin, muscle) tissue of the face, mouth, and jaws. Their knowledge and surgical expertise uniquely qualify them to diagnose and treat the functional and esthetic conditions in this anatomical area. The scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery practice includes, among others:
- Outpatient anesthesia
- Dentoalveolar surgery to manage diseases of the teeth and their supporting soft and hard tissues
- Surgical correction of maxillofacial skeletal deformities
- Cleft and craniofacial surgery
- Facial trauma surgery
- Temporomandibular joint surgery
- Pathologic conditions, such as head and neck cancer
- Facial reconstructive surgery
- Facial cosmetic surgery
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Oral surgeon are also known as: maxillofacial surgeons, dental surgeons, & oral and maxillofacial surgeons.