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What Is Oral Surgery?

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.

What Services Do Oral Surgeons Provide?

Oral surgeons provide wide variety of different services related to the face, mouth, teeth, and jaws. Common procedures include:

  • Wisdom teeth extractions
  • Other tooth extractions
  • Repositioning of jaws
  • Restoration for trauma to the face
  • Dental implants
  • Reconstructive and cosmetic surgery

What Is The Patient Experience Like?

Most patients begin with a comprehensive consultation with their oral surgeon.  This consultation includes a conversation about their medical history as a whole, as well as their current conditions.  The doctor will then discuss the best possible surgical options for the individual patient.

How Qualified Are Penn Dental Oral Surgeons?

Our oral surgeons are among the very best.  All of our surgeons go through extensive training prior to entering the practice.  Not only do they have the licenses in dentistry, but they are also licensed medical doctors.  These qualifications usually reflect eight or more years of additional training.  Through our residency program, we continue to add to our excellent team by recruiting the very best new oral surgeons.

Are Common Oral Surgery Procedures Covered By My Insurance?

Most common forms of oral surgery are covered by standard dental insurance plans.  For more complicated situations that require surgery, your medical insurance may be the one to offer coverage.  Our financial coordinator is available to help you navigate your options prior to any procedure.