What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?


Officially, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are also referred to as oral surgeons, oral and facial surgeons, or facial and oral surgeons. No matter what authorized name they go by, these doctors are the surgical specialists of the dental profession.  When you see any of these titles, you know that your practitioner is a recognized expert in the field with more training and experience than many other doctors. Accordingly, an oral surgeon can often address more complicated or severe issues than a general dentist. He or she is also trained in advanced techniques, such as tissue grafting and reconstructive procedures.

Oral Surgery Can Address a Broad Range of Concerns

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a focused branch of dentistry that diagnoses and surgically treats diseases and defects of the mouth and face. Many procedures primarily address functional and health-related concerns. These can include missing teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, and bone recession, among others.  At the same time, oral surgeons are also concerned with aesthetics and can often improve issues such as a severely sloping chin.

To be certified as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, a doctor must undergo up to six additional years of hospital-based education following dental school. This preparation includes training in anesthesia, diagnostics, and surgical techniques. Thanks to this rigorous background, doctors are then prepared to address more severe concerns.  For example, they can often repair facial trauma or perform orthognathic surgery. By realigning a patient’s jaw, an oral surgeon can treat advanced TMJ disorder, lessen the effects of sleep apnea, and reduce the likelihood of future dental damage.

Visit The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) for additional information.

Texas Oral Surgery Specialists (TXOSS)

At Texas Oral Surgery Specialists, Dr. Chris Tye is a licensed physicians (M.D.) and dentists (D.D.S.).  In fact, Dr. Tye was the first doctor in Tarrant County to earn these dual degrees. Dr. Tye performs a full range of oral surgery procedures. These treatments include dentoalveolar surgery, wisdom tooth removal, bone grafting, implant surgery, the placement of All-on-4® dental implants, and IV Sedation. Further, his friendly staff has also undergone extensive training. Their experience enables them to provide efficient assistance in the treatment room. The Oral Surgeons at TXOSS can also administer anesthesia, monitoring your vital signs the entire time to keep you fully sedated and completely safe. Our team’s compassion and empathy will also put you at ease and make your oral surgery more pleasant than you may ever have thought possible.

Texas Oral Surgery Specialists has acheived accreditation as an  Out-Patient Surgery Center. You can rest assured that you are receiving highly personalized and safe care. Our state-of-the-art facility adheres to detailed and up-to-the-minute safety standards. We also utilize ultramodern technology. With tools like theMedit®  Intraoral Scanner and the new CS 9600 CBCT cone beam Cat-Scan, we can provide care with less discomfort and a dramatically shorter recovery time.

Interested in additional information?

If you would like to learn more about oral surgery and what sets it apart from other branches of dentistry, you can visit ADA Specialty Definitions or www.MyOms.org