Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
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What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital are specialists within the field of dentistry. They have expertise in surgery, as well as their knowledge of how the craniofacial region should function qualifies them to diagnose, treat and manage the condition, defects and injuries of the face, jaws, mouth and teeth.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons undergo four years of dental school and then at least four more years of hospital-based surgical residency training. This training may include rotations in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, otolaryngology and plastic surgery. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons may earn a medical degree or other advanced degree as a result of the residency program, and some may complete fellowships in sub-specialty areas.

This demanding program prepares the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for the full scope of the specialty, which includes preventive, reconstructive or emergency care for the craniofacial region.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are an important part of the dental network, as patients are often referred to them if they complain of pain or dysfunction in the oral and maxillofacial area.

For more information on our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons or for a referral, please call 713-790-3333.