Has your dentist referred you to an oral surgeon and it’s causing you anxiety? That’s a normal response, mostly because people are unfamiliar with exactly what an oral surgeon does. One might immediately picture a wisdom tooth extraction and cringe. But an oral surgeon does much more than pulling teeth. In fact, they are the front line when it comes to oral health and mouth reconstruction.
What is an oral surgeon?
An oral surgeon (formally known as a maxillofacial surgeon) is a dental specialist. All dentists, whether they are generalists or specialists, spend seven or eight years in college and dental college earning a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine). An oral surgeon, though, spends an additional four to six years of training after dental school, mostly in a hospital-based surgical environment.
What does an oral surgeon do?
Dental surgical procedures performed by an oral surgeon include simple and complicated teeth extractions (including wisdom teeth); dental implant placement; repair of broken bones in the jaws and face; removal of cysts and tumors of the jaws; soft tissue biopsies; jaw realignment surgery; and cosmetic and TMJ surgeries.
Talk to your dentist
If you have problems with your teeth, gums, or jaws, see your dentist, even if the pain is in the area around your mouth or face. They can evaluate your needs and refer you to an oral surgeon, if necessary. In Wheeling, IL, Dr. Daniel Kim, DDS, DICOI, performs both tradition dental examinations as well as oral surgery related to dental implants and mouth reconstruction. Do you find yourself in pain, discomfort or embarrassed of your teeth? Let Dr. Kim and his staff help you. Contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment.