Oral surgery is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects related to both the function and appearance of the face, mouth, teeth, and jaws.
Oral surgeons are highly trained dental specialists who have received additional education to perform these procedures. These surgeons typically work as part of a team. The oral surgeon, who is a licensed doctor as well as a dentist, is supported by residents who are licensed dentists working toward becoming medical doctors as well. The oral surgery team will also include oral surgery assistants who have advanced training in oral surgery.