Oral surgery is known as any surgical procedure of the head, neck, face, jaws, or hard and soft tissues of the mouth. An oral surgeon receives years of training and education beyond dental school to become an expert in the field. In doing so, oral surgeons are able to understand the delicate structure of facial features and how to maintain their functionality and aesthetics throughout treatment.
An oral surgeon can perform many procedures, including:
A general dentist completes dental school, earns a dental degree, and begins practicing. An oral surgeon’s schooling exceeds far beyond dental school. Typically, an oral surgeon will earn a dental degree and then complete a hospital-based residency program for an additional 4 to 6 years. During this time, oral surgeons gain valuable hands-on experience in a surgical setting, training in the administration of anesthesia, and more.
Both Dr. Zarrinkelk and Dr. Siavash are board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). Board certification recognizes oral surgeons who demonstrate the requisite training, experience, and knowledge of the field. Diplomates are also required to complete a rigorous peer evaluation process. Learn more on the official ABOMS website about board certification.
Dentists commonly refer patients to an oral surgeon when a procedure falls outside of their typical scope of work. For example, complex tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, the placement of dental implants, and facial trauma treatment are all procedures that require the skill and experience of an oral surgeon.