What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon? And why do dentists refer patients to oral surgeons for certain procedures? Many dentists refer patients to oral surgeons because of the intensive, specialized training that surgeons undergo before seeing patients. Here at Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we want you to know that you are receiving the best possible treatment, and our highly skilled oral surgeon relies on his experience and training to ensure that you’re being properly cared for. When it comes to your smile, choosing a doctor with the most training and experience is key, and below we have provided you with some additional information about the training process for oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
To become an oral surgeon, a person can choose to complete their training in a couple of different ways. One way is to complete dental school, and then choose a residency program approved by the American Dental Association’s Commission of Dental Accreditation. These programs include extensive training in a myriad of procedures and can vary from four to six years. Future oral surgeons work with anesthesiologists to learn how to properly administer anesthesia, in addition to their surgical training.
Another way to become an oral surgeon involves earning a dual degree. Oral surgeons who complete a degree in both dentistry and medicine become licensed practitioners of both oral surgery and medicine. Typically this route takes an additional six years to complete. These individuals will perform oral surgery and all surgeries that a typical medical intern would perform in training, making their medical training and experience all encompassing.
Both of these paths to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon include years of training beyond that of most other dental professionals. Oral surgeons are able to provide you with the best possible care after gaining these comprehensive skills. In addition to their specific schooling requirements, oral surgeons regularly perform procedures like wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement. This makes them more practiced and often more precise at these procedures.
At Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we want to ensure that you feel comfortable and understand your treatment. With Dr. Roland Hernandez’s extensive training, you can rest assured that you are receiving the best possible care from an experienced professional. If you have any remaining questions about our practice or the training completed by Dr. Hernandez, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our office. We look forward to hearing from you!