If you have been told by your dentist that you should see an oral surgeon to treat your oral condition, you may be wondering why an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is the best choice for your needs. While dentists can perform some of the same procedures as oral surgeons, many dentists refer patients to oral surgeons because of their extensive surgical training. Oral surgeons are not only experts when it comes to dental procedures, but they also specialize in repairing complex facial injuries, cleft palates, oral pathologies, and more. They train for years to understand the complex balance of muscles and bones in the face, so you can rest assured that you are in the best possible hands for all sorts of facial procedures.
Here at Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery, we want you to feel confident that you are receiving the best treatment available. Our highly skilled oral surgeons will ensure that you are informed, comfortable, and confident moving forward with your treatment. To help you better understand the training and qualifications of oral surgeons, we’ve included some information about the education processes that oral surgeons must undergo before treating patients.
Some oral surgeons choose to pursue their education by earning a dual degree in both dentistry and medicine. This dual degree provides hands-on experience in oral surgery procedures as well as surgeries that a typical medical intern would perform. On average, this program takes another six years to complete, in addition to completing four years of dental school and four years of undergraduate study.
Other oral surgeons complete dental school and then choose a residency program approved by the American Dental Association’s Commission of Dental Accreditation. There are nine dental specialties to choose from, but oral and maxillofacial surgery allows them to serve their community in some important ways where the other options fall short, like trauma cases. In this field, the doctors diagnose and operate for a wide range of reasons including diseases, injuries, and defects in the hard and soft tissue that can affect daily functionality and someone’s physical appearance. Programs range from four to six years and include extensive training in a myriad of procedures, like operating on facial trauma victims in emergency rooms and working with anesthesiologists to learn how to properly administer anesthesia.
In short, both of these routes include years of medical and surgical training beyond what is typically required of dental professionals. Additionally, most oral surgeons continue their educations throughout their careers by attending educational events and conferences to learn about the latest advancements in the field. Many hold active hospital privileges and perform procedures in clinics and ambulatory surgical centers, in addition to their own private practices.
Both Dr. Robert Mogyoros and Dr. Mark Funt have completed extensive training to provide you with exceptional quality care. If you have any remaining questions about our practice or want to know more about the oral and facial procedures we offer, please feel free to contact our office. You can trust that our highly trained staff is here to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you, and thanks for reading!