How many dentists does it take to remove a cyst in the jaw, perform facial reconstructive surgery, remove wisdom teeth, and place a dental implant? When the dentist is an oral surgeon, the answer is one.
After completing the requirements to earn a degree in general dentistry, a dentist can pursue advanced training and education in order to be licensed as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. With the additional coursework and clinical experience, a dental surgeon can provide a high level of specialized care.
Following dental school, rigorous coursework and a hospital-based surgical residency program help to prepare dentists for the treatment of numerous conditions of the head, neck, mouth, jaw, and face. Traumatic injuries, cancer management, problematic wisdom teeth, deformities of the jaw and jaw joint, and even cosmetic services can all be performed by that hand of a highly skilled professional.
Gaining hands-on experience in the areas of anesthesiology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, oncology, and plastic surgery provides a wealth of knowledge that can be translated into an exceptional level of care in the dental office. In fact, candidates for a degree in oral and maxillofacial surgery complete their hospital residencies along with traditional medical residents. In light of this extensive training, many dental surgeons also have the opportunity to earn a medical degree or complete a fellowship.
Though they are exposed to a wide range of surgical procedures, the bulk of their training focuses on the study and care of the hard and soft tissues of the oral, facial, and jaw structures. The particular and in-depth training in the areas of sedation and anesthesia make it possible for many of these procedures to be completed in the comfort of the dental office. The administration of IV sedation, general sedation, and conscious sedation can be performed safely and appropriately according to each patient’s particular needs.
An oral surgeon possesses a range of expertise, knowledge, and experience that is quite unique among both the dental and medical communities. For unparalleled care in the Dallas area regarding your head, neck, face, and mouth, contact Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery and schedule your consultation today.