To become an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon a dentist must possess a DMD/DDS degree from an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited institution. Dentists must then complete a 3-4 year program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Once completed the prospective Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon must pass The American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery examination to become a certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.
An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (also commonly called Oral Surgeon) uses surgery to correct diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. Some Oral Surgeons specialize in head & neck cancer, cosmetic facial surgeries, craniofacial surgery, and cranio-maxillofacial trauma. A common procedure performed by Oral Surgeons is wisdom teeth removal. Other common procedures preformed by Oral Surgeons are dental cysts and tumors, incorrect bite, straight bite, sleep apnea, dental implants, bone anchored hearing aids, and jaw fractures. Many Oral Surgeons work in a small practice with a small staff. A full time Oral Surgeon works 4-5 days a week 32 hours a week.
Much of this information was adapted from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.