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What is oral surgery and when would I need it?

Oral surgery focuses on the diagnosis and surgical management of diseases, injuries, and defects to the mouth and facial structures.

Patients are typically referred to oral surgeons by their general dentist when they require evaluation and care by dentistry's surgical specialty.

However, many are confused about the difference between a dentist and an oral surgeon, as well as what types of procedures oral surgeons perform. We thought we'd take a few moments to clarify exactly what oral surgery is, and when you might need to visit an oral surgeon.

What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery, also known as oral and maxillofacial surgery, is the internationally recognized specialty within dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and surgical management of diseases, injuries, and defects to the mouth and facial structures. The word "maxillofacial" refers to the facial skeleton and includes the bones of the jaw, face, cheekbone and forehead, as well as the surrounding soft tissues.

Some of the most common procedures performed by an oral surgeon include:

Wisdom teeth removal

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Dental implant placement

Bone grafts

Soft tissue (gum) grafts

Biopsy of oral pathology

Treatment of facial trauma

TMJ disorders

What is An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon has completed four years of dental school and then has continued training for an additional four to six years of surgical training in a hospital-based residency. As part of their residency they spend time on general surgery, internal medicine, oral pathology, plastic surgery, as well as anesthesia.

In addition to the brief list above, oral and maxillofacial surgeons treat a wide variety of dental problems that are beyond the scope of the general dentist, including patients who have significant anxiety, as they can provide a wide spectrum of sedation anesthesia in their office.

Tahoe Oral Surgery and Implant Center is your local oral and maxillofacial specialist whose mission is to provide highest level of care in an empathetic and calming environment.

Drs. Appelblatt and Martin have continued their training beyond residency with hundreds of hours of implant and anesthesia training to maintain the top-level of care in oral surgery. The surgical staff consists of experienced surgical assistants who strive to make procedures smooth and comforting. The front office members are experienced, organized, friendly, and knowledgeable.

If you have any questions or concerns about oral surgery or dental implants, please don't hesitate to contact us at http://TahoeOralSurgery.com.

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About the author

Dr. Rachel Appelblatt DDS MD and Dr. Dan Martin DDS from Tahoe Oral Surgery and Implant Center, are local oral and maxillofacial specialists whose mission is to provide highest level of care in an empathetic and calming environment. Both have continued their training beyond residency with hundreds of hours of implant and anesthesia training to maintain the top-level of care in oral surgery. TahoeOralSurgery.com.

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