What it Means to be a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

What it means to be a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Diplomate of American Board of Oral Surgery LogoAt Texas Oral Surgery Group, we understand that choosing a surgeon – even under the best of circumstances – can be stressful. We also know that a doctor’s training and experience makes a difference. In addition to a combined 50 years of service, Doctors Stewart and Michael are Diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, which means they are board-certified oral surgeons.

What is the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS)?
ABOMS is the only certifying board in the United States recognized by the American Dental Association for the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Formed to elevate the standards of oral and maxillofacial surgery, ABOMS oversees certification and ongoing maintenance of that certification in an effort to promote the delivery of superior health care.

What goes into becoming board certified?
Board certification means that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon has met the highest requirements of competence within the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Achieving the status of board-certification demands an immense amount of dedication and hard work beyond the regular rigors of an oral surgeon’s education.

Following four years of dental school and a four or six-year, hospital-based residency program oral surgeons can elect to undergo an intense examination by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. This process requires submission of cases that demonstrate a broad area of surgical expertise, an intensive written exam, and a lengthy oral exam.

Is board certification a one-time process?
Absolutely not! Beyond the initial certification diplomates must adhere to a certification maintenance process that ensures their commitment to lifelong learning, practicing in a safe and contemporary manner, and keeping current with the latest knowledge and skills. This includes maintaining active and unrestricted state licensure and continuous hospital privileges. Both Doctors Stewart and Michael maintain privileges at Medical City Plano, a Level I Trauma Center located in Plano, Texas.

Do I need to see a board-certified oral surgeon, isn’t a dental surgeon the same?
A dental surgeon is a regular or general dentist and while he or she likely performs procedures such as root canals, simple extractions, and some types of minor oral surgery the sole focus of their practice is not surgery. Conversely, oral surgeons are specialists who’ve undergone extensive surgical training and only perform surgery on a daily basis.

Beyond Doctors Stewart and Michael’s training, patients can feel confident knowing that the entire Texas Oral Surgery Group team across our four offices is as committed to patient care today as when we opened over 30 years ago.  We provide a full range of oral surgery services and invite you to contact any of our locations (Denton, Plano, Decatur, Gainesville ) if we can be of further assistance.

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