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A 47-year-old member asked:

When do i go to an oral surgeon versus maxillofacial surgeon?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Majid Jamali
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Oral surgeon: In United States they are the same. Many general dentist perform minor oral surgery procedures but they are not oral surgeons.
Dr. Husam Elias
15 years experience
No difference : In the U.S. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one specialty, surgeons differ in their training and degrees, some have dental degrees only, others have both dental and medical degrees, some subspecialize in specific area such as cancer surgery, TMJ surgery, corrective jaw surgey, facial cosmetic surgery, facial reconstruction after trauma or congenital deformity or dental implants.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is maxillofacial vs oral surgeon?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Grover
Surgery 27 years experience
May be same: A maxillofacial surgeon deals with the maxilla and face. He may fix fractures, pull teeth and things along that line. An oral surgeon is going to work mostly with the mouth. He will do most of the surgeries through or around the mouth, but may also do things related to the jaw and maxilla bones that form the mouth.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How can I become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 46 years experience
Study hard: Get good grades in college and then apply to dental school. After dental school you will then have to do an oral and maxillofacial residency. The other option is to get a dual degree md/dds and specialize in oms.

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