Frequently Asked Questions
What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a surgical specialty of dentistry. To become an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon a dentist must complete additional education and training beyond dental school. It involves injuries, diseases and malformations of the mouth, jaws and face. Most people come into contact with an oral surgeon when they need to have their wisdom teeth removed or to go to sleep to have a tooth removed, but the specialty is much more than that. It includes treatment of dental implants, facial and oral trauma, treating tumors and malformations and esthetic surgery. To learn more about Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, click here.
I have been told that I should have my wisdom teeth removed. What should I know about the surgery?
It is always a good idea to educate yourself about any conditions you may have and the available treatment options. Click here to learn more about wisdom teeth and the types of treatment for this condition.
I am missing some teeth and I have heard about dental implants. Is this a treatment performed by Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons?
Yes! Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are uniquely trained and qualified to provide this type of treatment. Click here to learn more about dental implants. Click here to find an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in your area.
I need to have my teeth cleaned. Is this a service that is provided by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
No. Licensed Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in the state of Kentucky agree to limit the scope of their practice to surgery. Teeth cleaning is a service most commonly performed by a hygienist under the supervision of a general dentist. If you do not have a general dentist at this time and would like to find one, click here for help in finding a dentist in your area.
How does the Kentucky Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons serve the public?
The Kentucky Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons sponsors educational meetings each year to keep its members abreast of advances in the specialty. Members of the society also undergo a mandatory office inspection program to ensure that their offices meet safety standards. Through education and peer review, the Kentucky Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons improves the health care of the citizens of Kentucky.
The Medicaid Program In Kentucky Has Been Revamped. What Does The Kentucky Society Of Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons Think Of These Changes?
Click here to download the view the Society's position paper regarding Medicaid.
Where can I learn more about dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?
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