Oral and maxillofacial surgery involves the diagnosis, surgery and treatment of injuries and defects in the mouth, teeth, face, jaws and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. An oral surgeon is required to obtain 6 additional years of hospital based surgical and anesthesia training. An oral surgeon has specialized knowledge in pain control and advanced training in anesthesia to provide quality care with maximum patient comfort and safety in the office setting.
Types of procedures performed by an oral-maxillofacial surgeon can include:
- Dental implants
- Cyst or tumor removal
- TMJ surgery to repair or realign the jaw
- Facial and jaw reconstruction due to cancer surgery
- Re-align facial bones
- Tooth extractions