What is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon?

About Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

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
  • Wisdom Teeth Experts/Specialists
  • Dental Implant Experts/Specialists
  • Teeth in a Day Dental Implant