Oral Surgery

The field of oral surgery is also known as oral and maxillofacial surgery. Read this article to learn about the type of work performed by oral surgeons and the educational requirements for a career in oral surgery.

Inside Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is a specialty within dentistry that treats both functional and aesthetic issues related to the mouth, jaws, face and neck. It involves the diagnosis and surgical treatment of injuries, diseases and defects that affect these areas. Oral surgeons perform dental implants, extractions and surgeries for oral tumors, cancers or cysts. If oral surgery sounds like a field you might be interested in, Study.com contains many articles that can assist you in starting your career.

Education Overview

Typically, the first step in becoming an oral surgeon is to obtain a bachelor's degree in pre-dentistry, followed by a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree from an accredited dental school. A DDS or DMD degree usually takes four years to earn, and students in these programs learn oral anatomy, pathology, pharmacology and physiology.

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