Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are medical and dental specialists who treat conditions, defects, injuries and esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face. Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons care for patients who experience such conditions as problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, offer reconstructive surgery, and care for patients with tumors and cysts of the jaws and functional and esthetic conditions of the maxillofacial areas.Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have graduated from dental school with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). They have trained an additional four to six years in a hospital setting along with medical interns, residents and fellows in various disciplines of medicine and surgery. A significant amount of the Oral and Maxillofacial resident’s training is spent on medical and surgical rotations in areas, such as internal medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, neurosurgery, cardiology, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, general surgery, pulmonary medicine, radiology, and trauma surgery. The Oral and Maxillofacial resident who completes the six year residency also earns a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are highly regarded by their medical and dental colleagues alike.

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