Oral Surgery

Q-What is an oral surgeon?
A--An oral surgeon is a dentist who specializes in different aspects of surgery in and around the mouth.  He / she performs simple extractions and difficult, complex extractions, including the removal of wisdom teeth.  Most oral surgeons are qualified to install dental implants and perform jaw realignment procedures. They usually have about four  years of advanced education after finishing dental school.

Q-What is oral/maxillofacial surgery?
A--Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of defects, injuries, and diseases involving the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, and neck.

Q-Who needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted?
A--Anyone who is in danger of developing impacted wisdom teeth (third molars that only partially erupt or get trapped or stuck in the jaw) should have them removed so that they do not damage adjacent molars and cause other oral problems.  In addition, anyone who is getting dentures should have their wisdom teeth removed.

Q-Do oral surgeons treat TMJ?
A--Yes. Oral surgeons treat TemperoMandibular Joint disorder.