What is an Oral Surgeon?

An oral surgeon is a dentist specialist who is trained to handle dental implants, facial pain, and restorative surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth removals. In addition to common dentistry services, an oral surgeon can also treat tooth and facial injuries, such as broken jaws, and broken or knocked-out teeth. Oral surgeons also treat oral cancers and can perform facial cosmetic surgeries. An oral surgeon attends four years of dental school and at least four years of hospital surgical residency.

Oral surgeons, also called maxillofacial surgeons, are trained to detect, diagnose, and prevent defects and diseases that affect the mouth, jaw, teeth, and gums. In emergency situations, please call our office and our answering service will put you in touch with our on-call doctor.

Extensive dental procedures and oral surgeries require anesthesia to assist in pain management before the site is treated. An oral surgeon has advanced training in anesthesia, we can make your visit as painless and comfortable as possible. Dental anesthesia has been proven to be a safe and effective method for pain control during in-office visits. The oral surgeon can opt for local anesthesia for smaller repairs, or general anesthesia for more extensive repairs and surgeries.

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  1. Taylor Bishop
    Taylor Bishop says:

    Thanks for explaining what oral surgeons do. I actually didn’t know that they could prevent defects that could not only affect your mouth, but also your jaws. I’m interested to learn when it could be ideal to quickly visit an oral surgeon to learn what kind of work should be done on your mouth.

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