Oral Maxillofacial What?

What is Maxillofacial Surgery?

Maxillofacial surgery relates to any surgery to correct injury, disease or defect that affects the craniomaxillofacial complex; the area associated with the mouth, jaw, face and skull. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the many specialties of dentistry. The abbreviation OMS is typically used to signify an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.

What types of procedures is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon trained to perform?

    A licensed Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can perform:

  • Reconstructive surgery of the hard and soft tissue of both the upper and lower jaw.
  • Placement of dental implants.
  • Treatment of infections in the maxillofacial region.
  • Surgical treatment of the maxillofacial area to correct trauma injuries to soft tissue and bone around the eyes and upper and lower jaws.
  • Surgical corrections of bite, and oral and facial deformities.
  • Bony and soft tissue teeth extraction. (impacted and non-impacted teeth)
  • Removal of cyst, fibroid tumors, and cancerous legions.
  • Bony and soft tissue teeth extraction. (impacted and non-impacted teeth)
  • Administration of Class I, II, III, and IV anesthesia including intravenous deep sedation.

What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon’s Education Background?

All Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMS) have completed a degree in dentistry and have continued in their graduate education to complete an additional four to six year medical education such as a medical degree and a subspecialty fellowship. OMS’s can choose a subspecialty in either; head and neck cancer, cosmetic facial surgery, craniofacial surgery, or, as did Dr. David Smoot, cranio-maxillofacial trauma. During their schooling, OMS’s have been trained to treat patients in outpatient facilities, hospitals, private offices, and in surgery centers.

    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have been specifically trained to treat conditions such as:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Tooth extraction
  • Dental implants
  • Facial trauma
  • Dentoalveolar surgery (tooth and surrounding jaw bone)
  • Facial pain
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disease)
  • Oral cancer
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

In addition to oral and maxillofacial surgery treatment, OMS’s are trained and licensed to administer all anesthesia including Class I, Class II, Class III and Class IV anesthesia. This includes intravenous deep sedation, Class III and Class IV anesthesia, which general dentists are not trained or licensed to administer.

What’s the Difference Between a General Dentist and an Oral Surgeon?

Though both a General Dentist and an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon have graduated from a 4 year accredited dental school, only an OMS has completed an additional 4 more years of residency at a hospital-based oral and maxillofacial surgery program. Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons specialize in diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries and defects, both functional and aesthetic, involving the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region, which includes the associated areas of the mouth, jaws, face, skull. OMS’s have been fully trained in administering anesthesia and deep sedation. Though some general dentists choose to perform delicate surgeries such as wisdom teeth extractions and dental implants, you can trust that a qualified and trained oral surgeon such as Dr. Smoot has completed the additional education to treat both complicated and routine oral surgeries and has been trained in administering anesthesia and deep sedation to make your surgery and recovery as comfortable as possible.

What Are My Payment Options?

    The Smoot Center for Oral Surgery not only provides the best oral surgery treatment, but also provides a variety of easy payment options so you can get the care that you need:

  • Insurance – At the time of your consultation, please provide the appropriate insurance information as well as your insurance ID number. Prior to treatment, we require the patient to cover the expected co-insurance cost. Please check the list of the insurance providers and plans we accept or call us at (801)264-8504.
  • Care Credit – The Smoot Center for Oral Surgery offers another payment option through Care Credit. This is a healthcare credit card that can be used as a payment option for certain expenses not covered by insurance, or to bridge situations when desired care exceeds insurance coverage. It’s an easy and robust option which allows you to get the care you need when you need it. Patients can apply for Care Credit by going to the website at www.carecredit.com or calling (800) 677-0718.
  • Cash
  • Check (with valid ID)
  • Visa, Mastercard, Discover