How Oral Surgeons Are Uniquely Qualified to Manage Complex Medical Conditions

How Oral Surgeons Are Uniquely Qualified to Manage Complex Medical Conditions

Oral SurgeonSometimes determining where to go for service can be hard – do you take your car to the dealership or the independent shop down the street? For most people the answer depends on the work they need done. While you probably don’t need the expertise of a dealership mechanic for a routine oil change, more complex issues, such as those related to your car’s computer, usually require specific expertise and advanced equipment only available at the dealership. While your health is far more valuable than any automobile, deciding where to go for treatment comes down to the same fundamental pillars of service– who is the best trained and equipped?

Oral surgery is unique in that it incorporates the art and science of both dentistry and medicine. As such, oral surgeons have a distinctive combination of knowledge and skills that enables them to diagnose and treat a number of conditions – from the removal of wisdom teeth to facial trauma and sleep apnea. In essence, these highly skilled professionals possess both the finesse of an automotive designer and the precision of a mechanical engineer.

Following four years of dental school, oral surgeons participate in a four to six-year, hospital-based residency program focused on the complexity of facial structures, specifically the mouth and jaw. The six-year residency programs incorporating a medical degree. In fact, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the only hospital based, surgically trained specialty recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). All OMS residents undergo extensive training in the administration of anesthesia: including intravenous (IV) sedation, nitrous oxide and general anesthesia.

At Texas Oral Surgery Group, we understand that surgery is never a minor consideration, and we want you to be confident knowing that we put our patients’ well-being above all else. That’s why our entire surgical team is Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE) certified. This is the highest level of certification granted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). Additionally, while most procedures today are office-based, Drs. Stewart and Michael maintain Active Staff privileges at Medical City Plano, a Level I Trauma Center located in Plano, Texas.

One benefit of choosing the dealership service department is that you know they have the most current information available, which helps with correct diagnosis and repair. Knowledge of the latest trends and service options is also important when selecting an oral surgeon.  A former president of the Texas Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (TSOMS), Dr. Stewart is active in professional associations, lecturing extensively on implants and bone grafting procedures.  In addition, Dr. Stewart has been an associate clinical professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at TAMU College of Dentistry (formerly Baylor Dental School) for 24 years.  Staying current on the latest advancements in oral surgery is also of great importance to Dr. Michael who is a participating member of the AAOMS, TSOMS, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and North Texas Dental Society.

In addition to advanced training, oral surgeons have access to the most cutting-edge technology available today. And, as even the best independent mechanic will tell you, access to the right equipment is essential. From 3D imaging to advanced computer guided surgeries the Texas Oral Surgery Group uses the latest technology available to ensure the best results and patient experience possible.

Deciding which dental professional to choose isn’t always easy, but we’re here to help. Contact any of our four locations today to find out if an oral surgeon best meets your needs.

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