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What is an oral surgeon?
Following four years of postgraduate dental education, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon completes four or more years of intensive, postdoctoral, hospital-based surgery residency training. Oral and maxillofacial surgery residents spend significant time rotating through related medical fields such as internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery and emergency medicine. Depending on the residency program, some surgeons may also opt to complete the necessary requirements to earn a medical or other advanced degree. Some may also subsequently complete fellowships in sub-specialty areas.
The scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery encompasses the diagnosis, surgical and related management of diseases, injuries and defects of the oral and maxillofacial areas. This includes preventive, reconstructive or emergency care for the teeth, mouth, jaws and facial structures as well as facial cosmetic surgical procedures.
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