While a general dentist can perform minor surgery like for cavities, they can’t do everything. Luckily, there are oral surgeons and maxillofacial surgeons that can do what dentists can’t. Keep reading to learn about what an oral surgeon does.
While general dentists are experts of your teeth. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in face, mouth, and jaw surgery.
Most oral surgeons are members of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This means they are trained and experienced in the treatment areas of the face, mouth, and jaw.
There are many procedures that oral surgeons do, but most of us would be familiar with wisdom teeth removals. Other procedures oral and maxillofacial surgeons do are dental implants, sleep apnea treatments, recessive jaw issues, and oral cancer treatment.
If you experience any issues in your mouth you should always see a general dentist first. Your general dentist will either be able to resolve the issue for you or can recommend you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if needed.
To learn more about oral and maxillofacial surgeons and what they do, watch the video above!