There are a few things to keep in mind before your consultation with a oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The dental procedures that they perform are more complicated than what your regular dentist does because they are certified surgeons. It is likely that you needed some work in your mouth that requires you to be under anesthesia, which is also why you need a surgeon and not a dentist alone. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are still dentists. They complete undergraduate training and dental school just like all other dentists, but they take it a few steps further by starting their hospital rotations. Surgery, no matter which kind, is not something that just any doctor can perform. Dental or medical school certainly teaches a great deal, but it doesn’t provide the information needed to start performing surgeries right away. Hands on training is needed for certification to become an option.
Oral surgeons go through an intense few years of rotations at a hospital once they complete dental school, with each rotation lasting a few months. There is some flexibility in which specialties are rotated, but some cores are required, such as head and neck surgery, pediatrics, oral pathology, and anesthesia. All of these specialties will be useful once an oral surgeon is at his/her own practice, so residency is necessary even though it takes a few more years than the regular dentist to complete training. This was the case for Dr. Noori who is the lead oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Peak OMS. Dr. Noori finished up his rotations by coming on board with the Peak OMS team and working under Dr. Snyder, who operated the facility for more than 30 years. The two worked on hundreds of cases together so that Dr. Noori could get all of the experience he needed with an excellent mentor. Just a few years ago Dr. Snyder retired and happily handed over his practice to Dr. Noori, who is still making patients smile.
So how do you get to the point where you need to meet with an oral surgeon? Well, hopefully your regular dentist is a god one and referred you when they knew you might need surgery. A reason to be referred on would be something involving a procedure that would cut into the bone of the jaw. Dental implants are one of those procedures where teeth are removed and implants are put into the jaw bone under the gum. Facial trauma victims are also referred straight to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Impacted teeth that need to be extracted, cosmetic procedures, dental implants, bridges, bone grafting, and oral pathology all need to be taken care of my an oral surgeon. Your dentist will recognize this and make sure you get the care you need, even though it is not from them. Visit Peak OMS to learn about these procedures and how they can help you in one way or another. Dr. Noori will be glad to sit with you to discuss your options and explain what you need, so give him a call.