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An Overview of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Image of a woman dental professional greeting a patient. As a specialty surgical option, oral and maxillofacial surgery encompasses all surgical treatments for neck, head, face, or jaw diseases. In the United States, OMS is a dentistry specialty like pedodontists and periodontology, unlike in other countries where it is a medical specialty. Here is an overview of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Surgical Options in OMS

Upon recommendation to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, you will likely undergo a dental implant or wisdom tooth removal. In the case of impacted wisdom teeth, denture placement, complex tooth extractions, and bone grafting, you will receive dentoalveolar surgery. OMS also performs cosmetic surgeries such as lip enhancement and facelift. All oral and maxillofacial surgeries require local anesthesia, and depending on the procedure, your surgeon will recommend general anesthesia or conscious sedation.

Diagnoses for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Besides surgical treatment, oral and maxillofacial surgeons also diagnose different cancers of the scalp and face, TMJ, and congenital disabilities like cleft lips. Usually, your dentist will recommend you to these specialists if they spot something out of order. An OMS will also do a surgical correction of your facial asymmetry and other facial injuries like cheekbone or eye socket fractures.

Becoming an OMS Specialty

To be board-certified, oral and maxillofacial surgeons need up to 15 years of education and surgical training. These surgeons will undergo up to four years of undergraduate studies, four years of dental studies, and up to six years of residency to acquire a medical degree and specialty. After training, an OMS can work in a hospital or dental office full-time or have a private practice.

Explore Your Options

Now that you know what oral and maxillofacial surgeons do, you may have realized that you need to see one for a consultation. Contact our dental offices today and make an appointment that can guide you to the best solution for your case.

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Madison, WI 53713

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