When you have oral health concerns or want to get a routine checkup, you may wonder if you should see a dentist or an oral surgeon. In deciding, it’s important to know just what an oral surgeon is!
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association. They are surgically trained in a hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years after graduating from dental school. They train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery, and anesthesiology, and spend time in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), plastic surgery, emergency medicine, and other specialty areas.
What Oral Surgeons Do
Oral and facial surgeons have the knowledge and expertise that uniquely qualifies them to diagnose and treat a number of functional and aesthetic conditions of the bone, skin, and muscle of the face, mouth, and jaw. This includes but is not limited to:
- Dental implant surgery
- Wisdom teeth extraction
- Other extractions
- Endodontic surgery
- Facial aesthetic surgery
- Facial trauma
- Cleft lip/palate
- TMJ/TMD and facial pain
- Oral cancer
In addition, oral surgeons are trained in all aspects of anesthesia and sedation methods, including local anesthesia, oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. They have received training in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.
If you have any questions or need to see an oral surgeon, contact Shawn B. Davis at Oral & Facial Surgery Institute, (435) 238-7083 today.