An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects affecting the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons combine their expertise in dentistry, surgery, and anesthesia to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Oral surgeons treat impacted teeth, misaligned jaws, and perform reconstructive and corrective surgery to repair deformities and injuries.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon typically:
Evaluates the patient's dental, oral and medical history and performs a dental and oral exam
Educates patients about dental conditions and diseases, good oral hygiene, and oral disease prevention
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests such as X-rays
Prescribes medications including antibiotics and pain medications
Diagnoses oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions based on an evaluation of tests, exams, and biopsy results
Treats various oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions with surgical and nonsurgical treatments
Works closely with other dental specialists and members of your healthcare team to ensure optimal care
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon may also be known as an oral surgeon or dental surgeon.
There are 1954 specialists practicing Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in California with an overall average rating of 4.3 stars. There are 179 hospitals in California with affiliated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery specialists, including Community Regional Medical Center, Mission Hospital - Mission Viejo and John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center.