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What is the difference between oral maxillofacial surgery and a dentist

Posted on 5/23/2022 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
What is the difference between oral maxillofacial surgery and a dentistAn OMS is a specialist who has studied four years after dental school. An OMS during the study gains experience by treating patients who have problems with the teeth, oral cavity, jaw, and problems associated with facial structures. During their research, there is advanced training in general surgery and internal medicine, while a dentist undergoes a movement of 4 years where they deal with available oral problems.

When to see a dentist and when to see an oral maxillofacial surgeon.

These are the situations when one needs to see a dentist; note that one should visit the dentist regularly to monitor oral health. The dentist can see whether some possible risks and problems affect the teeth. one can visit the dentist when there is a need to repair damaged teeth, dentures, root canals, and teeth cleaning if there are crowns needed, in case of on lays and fillings. One can visit an OMS with trauma on the face region, cosmetic surgery, sleep apnea when one needs oral surgeries like bone grafting, frenectomy, corrective jaw surgeries, facial pain and temporomandibular joint, dental implants, management, and extraction of wisdom teeth. An oral maxillofacial surgeon offers care beyond what dentistry provides, and the results are more pleasing and practical.

Is there an overlap between dentistry and OMS?

There are overlapping treatments that appear in both dentistry and oral maxillofacial surgery; in general, if the damage is beyond repair and anesthesia is required, a patient needs to visit an oral maxillofacial for the best results. If a patient is not sure about the oral conditions under the jurisdiction of a general dentist, they can plan a visit to an OMS and discuss where the pain falls and whether a dentist can handle it.

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