What Is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon?
You may be wondering why you need to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for your tooth restoration or other oral health conditions, and the short answer is experience. Oral surgeons must complete extensive training and years of schooling before being allowed to treat patients, and dentists often refer patients to oral surgeons for certain specialized procedures.
When you come to Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery, we want to ensure that you feel comfortable and understand all aspects of your treatment. We want you to be assured that you are receiving the best treatment available to you, and our highly skilled oral surgeon relies on his years of experience and training to ensure you that you are. We’ve also provided some additional information about the way oral surgeons complete their training and continue their education. This intensive training allows oral surgeons to provide you with the most innovative and advanced care and treatments.
To become an oral surgeon, a person can choose to take a few different paths to complete their training and education requirements. First, upon completing dental school, future oral surgeons must choose a residency program. This program has to be approved by the American Dental Association’s Commission of Dental Accreditation for it to be valid and recognized. The residency programs vary in length (typically from four to six years) and include extensive training for a wide array of procedures. Additionally, their training requires working with anesthesiologists to learn how to properly administer anesthesia for a safe procedure.
The second path involves earning a dual degree in both medicine and dentistry. This dual training does take longer (about another six years), but the surgeon would be a licensed practitioner of both oral surgery and medicine. This is in addition to completing four years of dental school and four years of undergraduate study. These types of oral surgeons not only perform oral surgery during their internship program but also get trained in all surgeries that a typical medical internship requires. In short, both of these paths include years of training beyond what is typically required of other dental professionals. Their extensive training ensures that oral surgeons provide patients with comprehensive care and the best possible treatment.
Additionally, oral surgeons perform certain procedures, like dental implants or wisdom teeth removal, more often than other dental practitioners typically do. Choosing an experienced doctor with the most training can make an enormous difference in the quality of care, which is especially important when it comes to your smile.
With Dr. Alexandre Balaci’s extensive training, you will receive exceptional, high-quality care. Our trained staff is here to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment.