What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dental specialist who focuses on the diagnosis, surgical and treatment of diseases, abnormalities and injuries in the teeth and jaws. After graduating from dental school, they have an additional four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, which enables them to perform a wide range of procedures including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck.
Do I have to have a referral to see an oral surgeon?
Generally, patients do have to have a referral from their dentist or orthodontist in order to see an oral surgeon.
What should I expect during my first visit?
During your initial visit, you will have a comprehensive examination and consultation to develop a personalized treatment plan specifically for you. A visual exam will be performed along with any necessary X-rays that will be taken.
Once a treatment plan has been decided upon, we will discuss financial arrangements with you and schedule a surgery date. Please assist us by bringing a surgical referral form from your general dentist or orthodontist, a complete list of medications you are taking or are allergic to, the most recent radiographs taken and your medical and dental insurance cards.
Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards.
Will I have to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. It is in cases where there isn’t enough space for the wisdom teeth to erupt causing impaction and crowding of the other teeth. In these instances, it is more beneficial for patients to have them removed to avoid severe dental crowding or infections of the gums.
What if I have an emergency?
Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.