We often think of oral surgery as the removal of teeth but the scope of an oral surgeon is far greater than that. Oral and maxillofacial surgery refers to surgeries aimed to resolve issues and injuries in the head, neck, jaw, face, and both soft and hard oral tissues. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a specialized surgeon who can diagnose, treat and perform oral surgery.
What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is an internationally-recognized surgeon who has earned a graduate degree in dentistry AND who has completed an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program for a minimum of four years in a hospital. This program includes the specialized training in both general and local anesthesia administration.
When would I need an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?
In most cases, your general dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon for help diagnosing or treating:
- Reconstructive surgery following an injury
- Wisdom teeth issues and removal
- Dental implants
- Facial pain
- Misaligned jaw
- Cleft lip and palette surgery
- Cancer in the face, jaw or neck area
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Cosmetic needs
Experienced Tahoe Community Oral Surgeons
Both Dr. Martin and Dr. Appelblatt of Tahoe Oral Surgery and Implant Center are very experienced oral surgeons, graduating with accolades and advanced training. If you are a Truckee, Reno, North Lake or South Lake Tahoe resident who is in need of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, there is no need to travel out of the area. The experienced team of oral surgeons at Tahoe Oral Surgery and Implant Center can help you with your oral surgery procedures close to the comfort of your own home.