An oral and maxillofacial surgeon must earn a degree and obtain licensure to administer anesthesia and perform surgical procedures that correct irregularities and treat conditions involving the facial and jaw structures.
Becoming board-certified is an extra step some surgeons take, including those at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. Board certification illustrates a commitment to the highest standards of practice and is widely considered an indicator of professional expertise.
How Board-Certified Oral Surgeons Are Trained
The route to becoming a board-certified oral surgeon starts with dental school. Most oral and maxillofacial surgeons are initially dentists.
Dental school is followed by an extensive period of hospital-based training, typically lasting about four to six years. While spending time as surgical residents, students focus on internal and emergency medicine, anesthesiology, general surgery and treating diseases, disorders and injuries involving the head, neck, jaw, mouth and face.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Expertise
Certification is achieved through the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). Becoming board-certified includes passing both the required examinations and a rigorous peer evaluation process.
Expertise in surgical subspecialties may also be recognized with board certification. Surgeons spend time developing expert skills in procedures related to the mouth, jaws and face, and certification may indicate certain areas of specialty.
Here at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, our board-certified surgeons specialize in:
- Dental implant surgery
- Bone grafting
- Wisdom tooth extraction
- Impacted canines
- Corrective jaw surgery
- Oral pathology
- Congenital facial deformities
- TMJ disorder
- Sleep apnea
- Facial trauma
Continuing Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Education
The ABOMS has a comprehensive continuing education program for board-certified surgeons. Called Certification Maintenance, the program is designed to provide ongoing professional evaluation and verification of continued competency and expertise.
Fulfilling the requirements of the continuing education program demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning and professional standing. What this means to you, as a patient, is the knowledge that your surgeon has a solid understanding of the latest surgical techniques and ABOMS recommendations.
The oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah are board-certified, but not all oral surgeons are. For the best chance at a successful outcome from treatment, choosing a surgeon with board certification is essential.
For an expert consultation in the greater Salt Lake City area, contact us today. Our professional team, led by Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, is highly qualified and experienced in a wide range of routine and complex surgical treatments. With three convenient offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele, we make it easy to get expert care from a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon.