Becoming an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon requires extensive education and training, surgical expertise and unparalleled understanding of aesthetics and function. They are considered the surgical specialists of the dental profession, qualified to treat conditions, defects, injuries and aesthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face. So what does an oral and maxillofacial surgeon’s training and scope of practice include? Read on to find out.
An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon’s Training and Education
- Pre-Medical/Dental Education — Dental schools require a minimum of 2 years of college-level pre-dental education, regardless of the major chosen, though most dental students have at least a bachelor’s degree. Pre-dental education emphasizes coursework in science, and many applicants to dental school major in a science such as biology or chemistry.
- Dental School — A prospective surgeon in the oral and maxillofacial surgery field must first receive basic dental training at dental school, which includes a four year curriculum, working towards their Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS).
- Additional Training & Residency Requirements — Following dental school, oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete a minimum of four years in a hospital-based surgical residency program. Depending on the residency program, some surgeons may also choose to earn a medical or other advanced degree. Some may also complete fellowships in sub-specialty areas.
Most maxillofacial & oral surgeons’ average a total of 12 to 14 years of schooling at the college level and above before beginning their practice.
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