What is an Oral Surgeon?
An Oral Surgeon, also referred to as an oral-maxillofacial surgeon, is a dental professional who specializes in performing surgical and non-surgical procedures on the mouth, face, and neck. These procedures may include oral surgery, reconstructive surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. After graduating from dental school, an Oral Surgeon must complete four to seven years of medical training before treating patients.
Some oral surgeons have their own practice while others work onsite. Certain dental offices are equipped for sedation during surgery, which allows patients to be treated in a comfortable and familiar environment.
What procedures does an Oral Surgeon perform?
An Oral Surgeon performs surgical and non-surgical procedures on the mouth, face, and neck. Common procedures include:
- The surgical removal of abscessed teeth
- The placement of dental implants to replace broken or missing teeth (A dental implant looks like a real tooth and, unlike a denture or bridge, is permanently screwed into the jawbone or gum.)
- The correction of facial birth defects, including cleft lip or cleft palate
- Emergency reconstructive surgery, such as repairing broken or shattered jaw and cheekbones after an accident
- Treatment of oral cancer and other diseases of the mouth
- Surgical procedures to help treat sleep apnea
- A range of elective cosmetic procedures, including eye lifts, cheek implants, and BOTOX® injections