Career Description

Oral surgeons, also referred to oral and maxillofacial surgeons, diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and defects in the mouth, jaws, neck, face and skull regions. Common treatments include the removal of impacted teeth, reconstructive surgery, lip reconstruction and insertion of dental implants.

Academic Requirements

Prior to starting dental school, students must complete a bachelor’s degree and complete the Dental Admissions Test. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete dental school, a general surgery internship year, and then complete an additional three years of specialized training.

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