What does an Oral Surgeon do?
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon primary duties include surgery, treatment, and diagnosis of patients with oral, facial, or maxillary injuries, illnesses, or birth malformations. They evaluate, order test, make recommendations, address concerns, and perform surgeries.
How to Become an Oral Surgeon
To become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon you must be knowledgeable in dentistry, surgery, and trained as a medical practitioner. You must earn both a dentistry and medical degree; most complete a medical degree prior to pursuing their dentistry degree.
In addition to the degrees needed, you can attend a specialty fellowship that focuses on oral and maxillofacial surgery areas such as cancer, cosmetic, cranio-facial, or reconstruction surgery.
Job Description of an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons work extended and irregular hours. They may work in a medical office and then do their surgeries at hospitals or outpatient care centers or have a one-stop shop where they can do both consultations and surgeries.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest rate of employment for this profession is within dentist offices, physician offices, medical and surgical hospitals, and outpatient care centers.