Posted on 6/20/2022 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
|Oral maxillofacial surgery is a surgical field that encompasses reconstructive and cosmetic procedures of the face, mouth, neck, head, and mouth and management of facial trauma and tumors, benign and malignant. An oral maxillofacial surgeon is a specialist who treats the conditions of the facial, cranial, maxilla, head, neck, skull region, and associated regions. OMS surgeons require extensive training as OMS encompasses both dentistry, medicine, and surgical specialties of health care.
Oral maxillofacial surgeons
After graduating with a bachelor's degree, oral maxillofacial surgeons have to attend a dental school like all other dental health caregivers. After dental school, maxillofacial surgeons have to complete 4-6 years of medical and residency training and their dental and bachelor's degree. OMS surgeons then have to complete an assessment to be certified by the dental board to enable them to practice. Suppose the surgeon wishes to specialize in a subspecialty of OMS. In that case, they have to complete an additional two years of training for either specialty, such as facial cosmetics, oral pathology, or craniofacial surgery.
What does OMS provide
OMS focuses on treating the oral and face cavity's hard and soft tissue defects. Some procedures offered in OMS are complex teeth extractions and implant surgeries, dentoalveolar and orthodontic procedures. Surgeons are also well trained in anesthesia administration, management of surgical complications, bone and tissue grafting, and facial cosmetic procedures. Orthognathic surgery, facial trauma, and infection management are also a part of OMS surgery.
OMS surgery primarily aims to remodel the facial, head, and neck bone and tissue to offer symmetry and restore function and aesthetics. During an OMS procedure, surgeons manipulate bone moderately while ensuring minimal scarring and risk of complications. The dentist usually refers to OMS procedures except for emergency complications directly handled by the OMS. It is essential to keep routine check-ups after an OMS procedure to ensure difficulties are addressed early, and treatment is going well.