Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a dental specialty. To become an oral surgeon, a clinician must first attend dental school and pass the requisite dental board examination. Post-doctoral training in oral surgery, however, is generally linked to the hospital setting. It is this hospital based training that has greatly expanded the scope of our specialty. Often the public is not aware that oral surgeons play an integral role in many clinical areas beyond simply removing teeth and placing dental implants.
One example of this training is in the area of facial trauma management. As clinicians, we repair complex facial fractures involving the eye, nose and cheek bones in additon to the upper and lower jaw region. In addition, oral surgeons are often involved in the repair of soft tissue lacerations involving the lips and other cosmetic areas of the face. Providing these emergency services highlights why our specialty offers a very unique yet, vital component for trauma patients.
The surgeon’s at Southwest Oral Surgery are well-trained and knowledgeable in handling all aspects of our specialty. However, our skills in facial trauma management provide an additional clinical component that benefits all our patients. To learn more about what we do check out our procedures section of our website.