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What’s an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and how can one help with my oral health care?

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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons do surgery in and around the face, mouth, and jaw. They:

They do surgeries including:

These surgeons get 4 to 8 years of training after dental school.

  • Treat accident victims
  • Treat patients with tumors and cysts
  • Reconstruction and dental implants
  • Simple tooth extractions
  • Complex extractions involving removal of soft tissue, bone, roots, or impacted teeth
  • Biopsies
  • Tumor removal
  • Implant placement
  • Jaw realignment
  • Bone soft tissue (cleft palate or lip) repair

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Dental Specialities."

Michigan Dental Association: "What Are the Dental Specialities?"

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 19, 2019

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Dental Specialities."

Michigan Dental Association: "What Are the Dental Specialities?"

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 19, 2019

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