The correct designation for a specialist in oral surgery is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMFS). These surgeons undergo cross-training in both dentistry and surgery. An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon stands out as one of the most extensively trained types of dental surgeons, possessing specialized expertise in surgery involving the face, mouth, and jaw. Their training equips them to diagnose and address a wide range of diseases, injuries, and defects affecting the teeth, mouth, jaw, head, and neck.
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Why Have I Been Referred To An Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon ?
Referring yourself to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon might feel slightly intimidating. You might wonder why seeing a specialist is necessary or the severity of your particular scenario. However, it’s essential to demystify the process, as dental and medical care incorporate oral and maxillofacial surgeries as a routine and integral part.
You might be surprised to learn that there are numerous reasons why you might seek the expertise of an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Common scenarios requiring referrals can encompass Wisdom teeth removals, Jaw surgery, Teeth extraction complications, Bone grafting, Dental implants, and much more.
Education and Training
In order to become an Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, it requires rigorous academic and clinical training to develop the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose and treat complex oral and facial conditions. These positions require more education than just the completion of dental schooling.
This includes: Four years of dental school, three to six additional years of training in surgery, medicine and anesthesia. Some OMFS are also Medical Doctors and/or have additional post-residency subspecialty fellowship training.
All OMFSs undergo mandatory anaesthesia training in a hospital-based setting. This makes them unique among the many dental and surgical specialties. Our surgeons and staff are pleased to offer the complete range of anaesthesia options to our patients. As dentists and oral surgeons, we understand that dental anxiety is a common issue. That’s why we offer the following anaesthesia options to help make your procedure pain-free and more relaxing: local freezing, oral sedation, nitrous oxide, IV conscious sedation, deep sedation and general anaesthesia. For more information, visit our anaesthesia resource page.
All the surgeons at Argyle Associates have hospital privileges in the Ottawa region. This allows us to treat patients in a hospital-based setting when necessary. We can therefore provide care for a variety of complex injuries and conditions, including urgent care and trauma. In addition to their work in our 4 offices, our surgeons are all actively engaged in the hospitals, providing urgent care for a variety of complex injuries and conditions.
Why Dentists Refer Patients to Maxillofacial Surgeon ?
Dentists refer their patients to us for many reasons. Trust and overall quality of care are at the top of the list. Removing wisdom teeth and placing dental implants are two of the most common surgical procedures that we perform.
We are highly skilled, educated, and experienced in handling complex procedures and conditions related to the face, mouth, and jaws. As a large group of surgeons with nursing staff and multiple locations, we are generally able to schedule surgeries and postoperative visits quickly.
We support your dentist or family physician when they require additional surgical support to manage surgical complications. Due to the extent of our experience in and focus on surgery, we can perform the procedure efficiently and with minimal complications.
We offer the full range of anaesthesia options. This includes, local anaesthesia (freezing), nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral sedation, intravenous (IV) conscious and deep sedation, and general anaesthesia. We can treat patients in private clinic or a hospital-based setting.