Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are doctors who pursue specialty training to manage complex disorders of the face and jaws. Following dental school, we train for a minimum of 4 years in a hospital based setting. During our residency, we receive advanced training of the face and jaws, including bone, skin, muscles of the face in addition to the oral cavity. We manage and treat complex reconstructive cases in patients that have deficient hard (bone, teeth) and soft (skin, gingival, cartilage) tissues. During this time, we are trained alongside and often directly with residents from a wide range of medical specialties, including internal medicine and cardiology, otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat), plastic surgery, general surgery and neurosurgery. A substantial portion of our residency is spent serving as anesthesia residents sedating patients, often with complex medical history, under general anesthesia. It is this sort of comprehensive training that gives us the base knowledge to expand our extensive dental knowledge into a surgical practice.
At your visit, we draw from our experience to evaluate and treatment plan cases that are often routine and many times are complex and multi-layered issues. Patient’s often request or require general anesthesia or IV sedation. Not only have we (oral surgeons) been trained to a level far exceeding the level of expertise needed for routine anesthesia, we train our staff constantly to ensure that safety is paramount. During the treatment process we draw on our vast experience to strive for and achieve results of the highest standards. If you’re having dental implants placed, then you have been referred to the specialist who can handle the most complex implant cases. At Heart of Texas Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery we offer the experience, training and expertise that you deserve.
I hear on a regular basis, that patients ask their dentist “Why do I need to see an oral surgeon?” or “Why can’t you do it?” The answer is that when your dentist refers you to our office, it’s because they want you to receive the absolute best care possible. When it comes to restorative work (crowns, fillings, dentures, veneers, etc…), you don’t want me to do your work, because that’s not what I do. For those things, your general or restorative dentist is the expert. When it comes to surgery of the face and mouth, there is no one more trained to handle even the most complex scenarios than an oral surgeon. If we can handle the complex situations, just imagine what we can do for the routine cases. So if your asking yourself, “Why am at the oral surgeon’s office?” Don’t worry. You’re in the right place.