An OMS – also known as oral and maxillofacial surgeon – is the surgical expert of the dental profession. OMSs’ extensive education and training, surgical expertise and understanding of esthetics and function qualify them to treat diseases, defects, injuries and esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face.
During their residency program, OMSs train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology. They spend time in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other specialty areas. Some oral and maxillofacial surgeons even earn an additional graduate or medical degree.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons train extensively with anesthesiologists for your safety and comfort. No other medical or dental specialty requires this training, which makes an OMS qualified to administer sedation and general anesthesia.
The result of such extensive training is a surgeon who is prepared to:
- Manage diseases of the teeth and their surrounding tissues.
- Extract infected, impacted or diseased teeth.
- Place dental implants.
- Perform corrective jaw surgery to reconstruct inadequate structures.
- Treat facial trauma, including lacerations and other facial injuries.
- Diagnose and surgically treat cancers of the head, neck and mouth.
- Perform cleft lip / palate surgery.
- Serve as a member of the sleep team to help treat obstructive sleep apnea.
- Treat TMJ disorders and facial pain.
- Perform facial cosmetic procedures.