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Why should you choose a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon?

Your choice of oral and maxillofacial surgeon has a strong influence on your surgical recommendations and outcomes - and not every surgeon's qualifications are equal. You will want to look for a surgeon who is understanding, offers realistic expectations for your procedure, and puts your mind at ease, to be sure. But first and foremost, it's key to identify a surgeon who has the highest credential in the specialty: board certification.

What does board certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery mean? Before certifying a surgeon, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) first verifies their basic credentials: dental school, surgical residency training, and active state dental/medical licensure. But board certification is awarded only to those surgeons who also have an outstanding record of success in the field and commitment to lifelong learning. All ABOMS surgeons have:

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Will I Need a Referral to See an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Nov 11, 2022

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer a range of procedures such as wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and oral pathology. Patients are typically referred by a medical professional but some patients consider skipping this step and contacting a specialist themselves. So, will you need a referral to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon? It depends. Patients may need a referral to meet the surgeons’s policy and/or their insurance requirements. Here are some questions to consider about obtaining treatment referrals.

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How is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon different from a dentist?

Nov 09, 2022

Most of us know when to call the dentist, but you may not be sure when to seek out an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for your procedure—especially if it is something that both dentists and oral surgeons offer. Whether you are seeking a specific oral surgery or are in search of solutions to symptoms like jaw pain, it is key to choose the provider who is most skillful and experienced in treating your needs. To help you make an empowered choice, here is what you need to know about the different training, experience, and credentials of a dentist vs. an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

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Why should you choose a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon?

Aug 22, 2022

Your choice of oral and maxillofacial surgeon has a strong influence on your surgical recommendations and outcomes, and not every surgeon's qualifications are equal. You will want to look for a surgeon who is understanding, offers realistic expectations for your procedure, and puts your mind at ease, to be sure. But first and foremost, it's key to identify a surgeon who has the highest credential in the specialty: board certification.

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Our Mission

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) ensures that Diplomates meet our standards of training, education, and professionalism through our certification process. As the certifying body in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the ABOMS provides contemporary and innovative programs that promote optimal care and service to the public.

Vision

To be the recognized leader in Board Certification of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and related disciplines.