Oral surgery is a comprehensive term that usually involves any type of surgery in the mouth. However, throughout the field of dentistry, oral surgery is a specialty term that specifically relates to repair procedures. Some of these procedures include cleft palate repair or jaw reconstruction. Oral surgeons are also referred to as maxillofacial (the word maxilla meaning jaw) surgeons.
Oral surgery is a specialty in the field of dentistry. An individual interested in becoming an oral surgeon will begin with completing a dental training program, the same as any other dentist. However, after four years of dental school are completed, an oral surgeon will need to complete an additional 1-2 years of residency training in oral surgery specifically. Oral surgery requires training in both medical and dental fields. This training entails plastic surgery, emergency medicine, and otolaryngology (the specialty of the ears, nose, and throat).
Oral surgeons focus their surgery on the structures of the mouth and teeth. For instance, an oral surgeon would be the one to go to for repairing damage to the mouth and teeth after an automobile accident or other trauma. Oral surgeons also correct congenital problems, such as a cleft palate. Oral surgeons will also extract teeth, reconstruct or repair jaw bones, perform corrective jaw surgery, or treat obstructive sleep apnea. They’re also trained in sedation dentistry.
You should choose an oral surgeon with care by focusing on their training, the length of time in practice, technical skill, certification, and commitment to continuing education in the field. Don’t be afraid to ask questions such as the surgeon’s experience with the procedure you’re considering; their technical skill, practice trends, and performance. Look for certification from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Another thing to consider is their level of compassion, general rapport, and how well they communicate with with their patients.
At Totowa Dental Center, we strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. We only accept PPO plans. Along with our accepted insurance, Totowa Dental Center accepts Care Credit and Lending Club. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.
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