What is an Oral Surgeon?
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a unique dental and medical specialty that requires four to six additional years of training in a nationally accredited surgical residency after graduation from dental school. This residency includes rigorous hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training that gives oral and maxillofacial surgeons a unique set of knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat a wide variety of problems relating to the teeth, mouth, jaws, and face.
As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Thompson practices a wide scope of surgery with expertise in:
- Dental implants and bone grafting procedures
- Removal of wisdom teeth
- Removal of erupted and impacted teeth
- Surgical treatment for orthodontic purposes
- Evaluation and treatment of pathology of the oral cavity and jaws
- Corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery
- Repair of dental injuries, facial fractures, and oral/facial lacerations
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are also extensively trained in state of the art anesthetic techniques, allowing any procedure to be performed very safely under IV sedation to maximize patient comfort.
The surgical staff at iCare Oral Surgery are experienced oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants, who assist in the administration of IV sedation and surgery. All staff are informed administrative personnel and are CPR/BLS and ACLS certified. Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery.