In order to become an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, each individual must complete a four to six year residency where they learn how to perform a wide variety of procedures in both a hospital environment and an in office setting. During their residency, each Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon will be trained extensively in anesthesia administration, so each surgeon can confidently administer anesthesia to meet the unique needs of the patient and the procedure.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained in the following procedures and treatments:
Trauma ReconstructionÂ this will address soft and hard tissue injuries in the lower and upper jaws (this also includes tumor surgery or long-term denture wear).
Treatment of InfectionÂ treating infections in the maxillofacial region, which can potentially prevent life-threatening emergencies.
Dental Implants this procedure addresses the replacement of single teeth, multiple teeth, or all tooth loss. Dental Implants are more effective than conventional dentures by offering a long-lasting, functional and comfortable alternative.
Facial Deformities these can be caused by differences in skeletal growth between the lower and upper jaws, innate deformities like cleft lip and palate.
With a surgical and dental background, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the ability to reconstruct facial structures which are damaged through trauma, by performing cosmetic procedures on an outpatient basis using IV sedation, local anesthesia, or general anesthesia.