Here’s How International OMS Can Get Board-certified

Apr 16, 2023

Becoming certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) can be a substantial asset for international oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Here, we share the motivating factors for oral and maxillofacial surgeons trained outside the United States to pursue ABOMS Board certification, explain the alternative application process, and answer some FAQs.


Spring Meeting Recap

Apr 13, 2023

An overview from the recent Spring Board Meeting from ABOMS President, Dr. Bernard J. Costello


Why Consider a Career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Apr 12, 2023

Board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly-specialized in diagnosing and treating diseases, injuries, and other issues of the face and neck and can offer services and procedures that most dental and aesthetic surgery practices aren’t equipped to offer. The oral and maxillofacial field is highly specific—and the technology and treatment protocols for treating the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, jaw, and neck are complex and constantly evolving. Whether you are a dental school graduate or a surgeon looking to broaden the scope of your practice, here, we share a few reasons to consider a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery.


How many years does it take to become a maxillofacial surgeon?

Mar 30, 2023 | admin

This timeline outlines the years of education and training you can expect on the path to becoming a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon.


New “ABOMS Portal” Mobile App for Diplomates & Applicants

Feb 08, 2023 | admin

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) is proud to announce a new official mobile app, ABOMS Portal, available now in Apple’s App Store & Google Play. Compatible with a range of smartphones and tablets, this app was created to meet the needs of both Diplomates (members) and applicants at each stage of the process. Whether you are a resident, applicant, candidate, or diplomate, we invite you to download the app today to access mobile-specific benefits.


The Diplomate, Winter 2022 Edition

Dec 13, 2022

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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.


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.


Questions to Ask Your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Your Consultation

Sep 07, 2022

Your pre-surgical consultation is a critical part of your surgical journey. This appointment allows not only for your oral and maxillofacial surgeon to evaluate you and determine if you are a good candidate for surgery, but also for you to get to know them, determine if they are an ideal match for your needs, and ask questions. Here are 4 important topics to cover with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon, as well as associated questions to add to your list.


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.