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What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is specialty of dentistry that includes the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. This includes preventive, reconstructive, or emergency care for the teeth, mouth, jaws, and facial structures.

After four years of postgraduate dental education, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon completes four or more years of intensive, postdoctoral, hospital-based surgical residency training. Oral and maxillofacial surgery residents spend significant time rotating through related medical and surgical fields such as internal medicine, critical care medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, pathology, and emergency medicine.

Your oral and maxillofacial surgeons can perform a wide variety of procedures in an office setting as well as in a hospital environment. Local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, intravenous sedation, and general anesthesia are options available in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office. Office surgery can be the most efficient and cost-effective way to perform many procedures while maintaining maximum patient comfort and safety.

What does it mean to be Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) is the certifying board for the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the United States. It is recognized and approved by the council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association.

The objectives of the ABOMS are to elevate the standards of the specialty and to aid oral and maxillofacial surgeons in their efforts to provide optimum health care to their patients. To this end, the ABOMS establishes criteria for competence and knowledge that determine a sufficient and acceptable ability to practice the specialty. Those individuals who demonstrate achievement of the requisite training, experience and knowledge are granted Board Certification, indicated by title Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

In order to become Board Certified, and individual must complete intensive application and examination processes. Applicants to the ABOMS must provide verifiable evidence of their educational and training qualifications. Each application for board certification is reviewed by the ABOMS Credential Committee. The process of board certification requires the candidate to pass both a thorough qualifying examination and a rigorous oral certifying examination The ABOMS strongly encourages its Diplomat to continue their professional development through various educational experiences.

Your Board Certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon is expected to maintain current competence through ongoing professional education that includes national meetings, seminars, lectures, special courses, panels, symposia, and self-assessment tools.

What procedures can an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon perform.?

The scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery encompasses the diagnosis, and management of diseases, injuries, and defects, which involve both the functional and esthetic aspects of the head and neck area. This includes preventive, cosmetic, reconstructive, or emergency care for the teeth, mouth, jaws, and facial structures.

Why see an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for these procedures?

In the past 20 years there has been a huge increase in patients seeking cosmetic surgery. Many health care specialist such as, dermatology; oral and maxillofacial surgery; ophthalmology; ear, nose, and throat; and plastics, are trained and qualified to perform facial cosmetic procedures. But why see a practitioner which treats other areas of the body, when you can see a surgeon which specializes on the face only.

Most oral and maxillofacial surgeons see a complex series of measurements and ratios when looking at you. who better to perform these facial cosmetic procedures then an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Another reason, is that no matter how minimally invasive the procedure, it can still hurt. Fortunately, oral surgeons, unlike or other health care colleagues, can use laughing gas, sedation, and even general anesthesia to make these procedures painless.

These procedures can be done in an office/surgery center environment, which makes the surgical experience easier, less expensive, more personal, and with increased anonymity. The technologic increases in anesthesia, equipment, and procedures have made it safer and easier than ever to have cosmetic surgery.

What insurances do you take?

We accept most insurance plans. We participate with most PPO's and discount plans. If you have a HMO, it will allow you a 25% discount to see an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. To help with cost, we accept care credit. An office financial specialist can even help you apply over the phone.

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