Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but your mouth requires maintenance and sometimes surgical intervention to stay healthy. Dentists can perform numerous procedures and regular checkups. However, more advanced procedures require an oral surgeon such as Dr. Mulokozi Lugakingira of Fort Wayne Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Implant Center.
Who Are Oral Surgeons?
Oral surgeons are highly trained medical professionals who can perform a number of complex treatments in the mouth and jaw regions. Their training begins with four years of dental school. When that is completed, they start training as surgeons in hospital-based medical residency programs lasting from four to six years. Oral surgeons have advanced training in many areas.
- Reconstructive surgery
- Orthognathic (jaw) surgery
- Oral biopsies
- Bone grafting
- TMJ disorder
- Dental implants
- Wisdom tooth extraction
Other specialties include anesthesiology and facial trauma.
Why Extensive Training Sets Oral Surgeons Apart
During their residency of at least four years, oral surgeons study general surgery, plastic surgery, emergency medicine, and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and the skin, bones, and muscles of the mouth, jaw, and face.
This focused and rigorous preparation enables them to diagnose and treat a variety of both functional and cosmetic conditions. Their knowledge and experience puts them in an unparalleled position among oral professionals to successfully treat all manner of complaints with the mouth, face, and jaw.
How Are Oral Surgeons Different from Dentists?
Oral surgeons have studied dentistry, but their training and expertise goes far beyond that of other oral professionals. They can provide an extremely high level of specialized patient care to improve health and raise the quality of life for their patients.
In addition to extensive training and specialties, experienced oral surgeons use the most advanced dental technology available to provide the highest quality patient care possible. They keep up with cutting-edge developments, and the best oral surgeons know how to incorporate technological improvements into their daily practices.
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Do not wait to get the advanced care you need. Contact our office in Fort Wayne, IN to make an appointment with Dr. Lugakingira so you can benefit from his education and experience!