Common Questions About Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Posted Aug 30th, 2016

Common Questions About Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures include wisdom teeth removal, reconstructive oral surgery, dental implants, treatment of oral infections, and the repair of facial, mouth, jaw and tooth injuries.


What is an Oral Surgeon?

Oral surgeons are specialists in treating the jaws, mouth and teeth. In Canada, oral and maxillofacial sugeons must first hold a dental degree (DDS) and be able to demonstrate successful completion of the National Dental Examining Board exams. They must then complete an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program and pass the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC).

Why would I need to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?

Conditions that may require a maxillofacial surgical consultation include:

  • Missing teeth or tooth pain
  • Oral cancers
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Dental implant procedures

Can an oral and maxillofacial surgeon administer anesthesia?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have received extensive training in the areas of pain and anxiety control. In order to safely provide such advanced care, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have received specific training throughout their career.

At the Cohen Centre we work with registered nurses who will provide assistance during and after your procedure. Each province in Canada has specific guidelines that oral and maxillofacial surgeons must follow in order to provide such care in their offices, and many provinces issue a site permit that signifies compliance with these regulations.


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