Oral surgery refers to any surgical treatment of the head, neck, face, or jaws, and includes both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Dentists may begin to practice immediately after completing dental school, but oral surgeons must go on to complete an additional 4 to 6 years of training. This time, known as an oral surgery residency, oral surgeons gain hands-on surgical experience in a hospital-based setting. They learn how to safely administer sedation and IV anesthesia and perform surgical procedures under the guidance of other trained professionals. This extra training makes oral surgeons the experts when it comes to performing oral surgery and administering sedation to patients.
Some oral surgeons take their profession a step further by becoming board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). To do this, an oral surgeon must undergo a rigorous peer evaluation process and demonstrate the requisite training, experience, and knowledge. This certification holds doctors to the highest standards of patient care; in order to uphold certification, an oral surgeon must maintain the appropriate credentials and meet the highest standards of modern practice. You can learn more about ABOMS on their official website.
Dr. Duncan, Dr. Scharf, Dr. Tolstunov, and Dr. Morrow are all board-certified oral surgeons. Drs. Patwardhan, and Morrow are members of highly prestigious medical and dental organizations, and the entire team here at 7x7 Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists are highly qualified to handle all of your oral surgery needs while upholding the highest standards of patient care and satisfaction.
Many patients are referred to oral surgeons by their dentist when treatment falls out of their normal scope of practice. This includes dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions, facial trauma treatment, jaw surgery, and more.
Patients can also seek oral surgery care on their own if they suspect oral surgery is required, such as when wisdom teeth begin causing problems. You can always call our office if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how oral surgery can improve your oral and overall health.