Harvard Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Patient Info

Intro to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the surgical specialists of the dental profession. After dental school, oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete a minimum of four years of hospital-based surgical residency training that includes rotations in general surgery, anesthesia, trauma, and emergency services.

This demanding program prepares the oral surgeon to practice the full scope of the specialty, which includes the diagnosis, surgical treatment, and management of defects and injuries related to the function and aesthetics of the oral and maxillofacial regions. While most oral and maxillofacial surgeons are known for removal of wisdom teeth, these surgical/dental specialists provide a broad range of services from reconstructing shattered faces, to surgically correcting misaligned jaws, to cancer surgery of the neck, face, and mouth.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have specialized knowledge in pain management and receive advanced training in anesthesia. For this reason, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are able to provide a high quality care that maximizes patient comfort and safety in an office setting.