Overview -- What is Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery?
This area of medicine requires both dental and medical education, allowing OMS doctors to perform functional and cosmetic procedures on teeth, mouths, facial bones, and jaws. OMS also involves diagnosing and treating tissue defects, diseases, and injuries involving the jaw, teeth, mouth, or facial bones.
Becoming an oral and maxillofacial surgeon requires education in both dentistry and medicine, meaning that a total of ten years of school are required to become certified (four years of undergraduate and six (or more) years of medical/dental school). In addition to coursework, doctors must complete an intensive hospital-based residency. Through their Graduate Medical Evaluation, doctors receive experience in many fields including general and plastic surgery, internal medicine, neck and head surgery, radiology, anesthesia, and trauma and neurosurgery.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Our doctor has the distinction of being a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, signifying that he has attained the highest standards and is held in high regard by his peers in the OMS field.
Becoming a Diplomate is a labor and time-intensive process, requiring the surgeon to:
- Submit cases covering a large area of surgical expertise
- Pass an extensive written examination
- Complete a lengthy oral examination.
Once the surgeon completes the steps above, he or she is considered to be “board certified” (another term for being a Diplomate). To keep their certification, surgeons must pass a written examination every ten years.
Types of Surgeries Performed by OM Surgeons
OM surgeons perform a variety of procedures, including:
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Bone grafting/cleft lip or palate correction
- TMJ surgery
- Jaw surgery.
OM surgeons can also remove moles, diagnose skin cancer, and offer facial rejuvenation procedures such as Botox and Juvederm.