What You Need to Know About Oral Surgery
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is one who specializes in treating diseases, defects, and cosmetic concerns of the entire craniofacial area including the mouth, jaws, face, neck, eyes, ears, nose and skull, and including the associated and supporting structures.
The specialty designation "oral and maxillofacial surgeon" is only conferred on doctors with at least an additional four years (and in some cases six or seven years) past the usual four year program which allows licensure of the general dentist. This training is obtained in a hospital-based program limited to surgery of the mouth, face, jaws, teeth, and all associated structures. By law, only those completing such a program may designate themselves as specialists: "oral and maxillofacial surgeons".
More commonly referred to as Oral Surgeons, the OMS provides care for a wider variety of patients. These range from the more common dental surgical problems such as decayed or abscessed teeth and associated infections, to impacted teeth and wisdom teeth that need to be removed. Some oral surgeons, including Dr Scuba, have experience and current competence in many additional areas, including repositioning of misaligned jaws and correction of abnormal bites; biopsy and reconstruction of pathological conditions such as cysts and tumors; and management of various types of facial pain, including temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) or other types of head/neck pain. Like many oral surgeons, Dr Scuba is uniquely trained and has extensive experience in management of facial injuries. He also provides comprehensive evaluation and management of care for those with oral cancers, tumors or cysts in the face and jaws.
One of the most important aspects of the OMS practice is reconstruction. One of the most significant adverse events in a patient's life is the loss of teeth, with poor esthetics and poor function as a result. For such patients, placement of dental implants to help restore form and function to enhance their smile and allow improved chewing and speaking is a life-changing step. Dr Scuba maintains a busy, technologically advanced dental implant practice for the most straightforward to the most complex cases. For many cases the new "low radiation dose" cone beam CT scanner provides excellent data and information for case planning and completion.
Like some physician/oral surgeons Dr Scuba maintains current competence and expertise in many types of cosmetic surgery. These include procedures commonly performed on the face (eyelids, nose, cheek, chin, ears); cosmetic skin surface procedures (fractionated laser, pulsed light, chemical peel, microdermabrasion); facial implants of the cheek and chin; and body (thighs, arms, back belly, neck) liposuction.
Depending upon the geographic location and the residency program in which the oral surgeon trained, all oral and maxillofacial surgeons have fundamental training requirements in dentistry, general surgery, general medicine, and anesthesia. Of all surgical residencies in medicine or dentistry, only OMS programs involve extensive additional training in anesthesia; as most procedures done by an OMS are done on an outpatient basis, oral surgeons are pioneers in outpatient anesthesia.
Because of additional training requirements, it is not uncommon to find that some doctors have multiple degrees and areas of expertise. So in layman's terms, they may not only be a dentist but alos a medical doctor. Such is the case with Dr John Scuba, who holds active licenses in both medicine (MD) and dentistry (DDS) in the state of Georgia. This means that the very highest standards of continuing medical education must be met to satisfy requirements of not one, but two, licenses. You can learn more about Dr. Scuba <here>.