What is an OMS?

An OMS – also known as oral and maxillofacial surgeon – is the surgical expert of the dental profession. OMSs’ extensive education and training, surgical expertise and understanding of esthetics and function qualify them to treat diseases, defects, injuries and esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face.

The first time many people interact with an OMS is to develop a plan for wisdom teeth management, but this is just one aspect of the broad scope of an OMS practice.

Oral Surgeon vs. OMS

The phrase “oral surgeon” may be a familiar one, but the full name of this specialist is oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS). While dentists can perform minor oral surgeries, they are not oral surgeons (or oral and maxillofacial surgeons).

Following dental school, an OMS completes a minimum of four to six additional years of surgical training in a hospital-based residency program. This makes an OMS the true surgical specialist of the dental field, able to perform advanced surgeries that can encompass the entire maxillofacial region.

What Does an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Do?

During their residency program, OMSs train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology. They spend time in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other specialty areas. Some oral and maxillofacial surgeons even earn an additional graduate or medical degree.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons train extensively with anesthesiologists for your safety and comfort. No other medical or dental specialty requires this training, which makes an OMS qualified to administer sedation and general anesthesia.

What does “Board Certified” mean?

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) is the certifying board for the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the United States. It is recognized and approved by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association. The mission of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is to assure the public of safe and optimal care through the development and maintenance of high standards of certification and re-certification of Diplomates in the specialty. To this end, the ABOMS establishes criteria for competence and knowledge that determines the standards of care to safely practice the specialty. Those individuals who demonstrate achievement of this extensive training, experience and knowledge are granted board certification, indicated by title Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Each applicant was required to pass an intensive application and examination processes granting them the title ABOMS Diplomate. Certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons are expected to maintain current standards, through ongoing professional processes that keep the doctor committed to lifelong learning, remaining current in his/her knowledge and skills and practice in a safe and contemporary manner. Both Dr. Park and Dr. Shimel are dedicated to lifelong learning through courses and conferences to maintain the highest level of care.

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