What does a Oral Surgeon do?
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon primary duties include surgery, treatment, and diagnosis of patients with oral, facial, or maxillary injuries, illnesses, or birth malformations. They evaluate, order test, make recommendations, address concerns, and perform surgeries.
They also work very closely with other medical professionals to determine they right procedures and if surgery is needed. They do this by collaborating and analyzing medical charts and data of their patients. This helps them determine the complexity of the procedure or surgery needed.
How to Become an Oral Surgeon
To become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon you must be knowledgeable in dentistry, surgery, and trained as a medical practitioner. You must earn both a dentistry and medical degree; most complete a medical degree prior to pursuing their dentistry degree.
In addition to the degrees needed, you can attend a specialty fellowship that focuses on oral and maxillofacial surgery areas such as cancer, cosmetic, cranio-facial, or reconstruction surgery.
Job Description of an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon perform operations and procedures on the tissues of the mouth and maxillofacial region of the head to treat diseases, injuries, or defects. They diagnose and may perform surgery to improve function or appearance for their patients.
They fix birth defects and trauma to the mouth or oral cavity. This can include reconstruction and well as removal of tissues that should not be there. They often times are able to administer anesthesia to their patients in preparation for surgeries which not all surgeons can do; therefore have extensive education in this. It can also be something as simple as the position of wisdom teeth, dental implants, or remove impacted and non-restorable teeth.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons work extended and irregular hours. They may work in a medical office and then do their surgeries at hospitals or outpatient care centers or have a one-stop shop where they can do both consultations and surgeries.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest rate of employment for this profession is within dentist offices, physician offices, medical and surgical hospitals, and outpatient care centers.