Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are the surgical specialists of the dental profession. Their extensive education and training in this area uniquely qualifies them to treat conditions, defects, injuries, and pathology of the teeth, mouth, and jaws. Patients who are experiencing pain or suboptimal function in these areas are routinely referred to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.
Oral Surgeons are trained to manage a wide variety of problems related to the health and function of the mouth and perioral region. Following dental school, they begin advanced training in a hospital-based surgical residency program which is at least four years in duration. During this time they work alongside physician residents from every other medical and/or surgical sub-specialty. Their training focuses almost exclusively on the hard (i.e. bone, teeth) and soft (i.e. skin, muscle) tissue of the face, mouth, and jaws. Some surgeons may then choose to earn a medical degree or complete a fellowship in a particular area of interest.
At the conclusion of this demanding program, an Oral Surgeon is well-prepared to provide his patients with a thorough evaluation, and establish an accurate assessment of their present condition. This is always the first step toward recommending appropriate treatment. Your first visit is designed to accomplish this goal.