Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the dental specialty that bridges the connection between dentistry and medicine. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons treat conditions, defects, injuries, and the esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face, including the chin, nose, cheeks and bones around the eyes.
They complete four years of dental school and a minimum of four years of training in a hospital-based surgical residency program that includes extensive inpatient and outpatient anesthesia training. As part of their specialty training, they study such diverse areas of medicine, anesthesia, head and neck surgery, pathology, trauma and radiology.
In addition to their educational training, some oral surgeons choose to undergo a rigorous written and oral examination given by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to become Board certified and achieve Diplomat status. Although Board certification is not required to practice oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Shane Wood has completed these examinations and earned the distinction of board certification.
Procedures offered at South Georgia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery include wisdom teeth (third molar) removal, multiple teeth extraction, implant placement and bone grafting. For additional information about all of our procedures, visit the procedures listing above.
The field of oral and maxillofacial surgery is expanding as new techniques are developed and previously established procedures are modified. Our practice is committed to staying abreast of these changes and works to be on the forefront of exciting advancements in our specialty.
(Reprinted with permission from American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.)