What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the surgical specialists of the dental profession. Their extensive education and training, surgical expertise and unparalleled understanding of esthetics and function uniquely qualify them to treat the conditions, defects, injuries and esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. Patients who complain of pain or problems in this area are routinely referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for help.
While the term “dental surgeon” is one often use by general dentists, it does not reflect or imply any dental or surgical specialization. Oral and Maxillofacial surgical specialists can be recognized by the designation “FRCD(C)” (Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada) on their credentials.
Training and Scope of Practice
Following dental school, oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete a minimum of four years in a hospital-based surgical residency program. They train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology, and also spend time in otolaryngology, plastic surgery, and emergency medicine. Their extensive education and training, surgical expertise and unparalleled understanding of esthetics and function uniquely qualify them to treat the conditions, defects, injuries and esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. In addition, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons train with anesthesiologists and anesthesiology residents, and are highly trained in the administration of all forms of sedation and general anesthesia.
Our surgeons provide the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with expertise in the following areas:
- Management of diseases and pathology associated with the teeth, jawbones and supporting soft tissues
- Bone grafting/jaw reconstruction
- Dental implant surgery
- Removal of impacted teeth, including wisdom teeth
- Provision of deep sedation and general anesthesia
- Removal and surgical exposure of teeth as required for orthodontic treatment
- Orthognathic (corrective jaw) surgery
- Surgical management of dental and maxillofacial trauma
- Surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea
- Management of temporomandibular joint disorders
- Pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Surgical rehabilitation of patients with acquired, developmental or congenital dentofacial deformities, including the following: Cleft Lip and Palate, Ectodermal Dysplasia, Oligodontia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Gorlin Syndrome, Cleidocranial Dysplasia, Amelogenesis Imperfecta, Dentinogenesis Imperfecta, and others.
You do NOT require a referral from either a physician or dentist to be seen by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
The surgical staff at Freilich & Associates Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons includes experienced Registered Nurses (RNs), who assist in the administration of intravenous sedation and anesthesia, as well as in your supervision throughout your post-anesthetic recovery in our office. Our surgeons and nursing staff are trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery. We strictly adhere to the Guidelines for the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia in Dental Practice established by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. In some cases where general anesthesia is required, your surgeon may recommend that your anesthetic be provided within our state-or-the-art surgical facility by an attending medical anesthesiologist.
Our experienced Surgical Assistants assist our Surgeons throughout your procedure. A treatment coordinator will ensure a smooth transition from your consultation to the front desk staff. Your office administrative needs are cared for by our front desk team, which includes our office manager and receptionist. All of our staff are knowledgeable regarding clinic administration, are well-versed in health and insurance policies, and are trained in Basic Life Support (CPR).