What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS)?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a specialist who has completed intensive additional training in surgical techniques and anesthesia after completing dental school. The oral surgery residency focuses on expanding the knowledge of the facial structures and developing expertise in performing surgical procedures through hands-on experience.


Why choose an Oral Surgeon?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform procedures including wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant placement, bone grafting and orthognathic surgery on a routine basis, so they are well-equipped to provide these treatments. A patient may also see an oral surgeon for treatment of conditions related to jaw problems, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders or sleep apnea, as well as to restore the damage that has occurred due to facial trauma.

What is Board Certification and are our doctors Board Certified?


Why does it matter if my surgeon is Board Certified?  Are Great River Oral Surgery’s Surgeons certified?

Board certification for oral surgeons recognizes expertise in the specialty that is measured by both professional experience and performance on a series of intensive and comprehensive exams that thoroughly assess the practitioner’s knowledge of oral surgery. In order to maintain board certification, oral surgeons must also complete a certain number of continuing education credits related to this specialty. Our doctors are Board Certified through the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.


What does Oral Surgery & Maxillofacial mean to me?

The specialty of oral surgery encompasses a variety of procedures.  An oral surgeon can treat a wide variety of conditions, from issues including the misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws closes to impacted wisdom teeth or even oral cancer.