OMS are the Surgical Specialists
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association surgically trained in a hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. OMS residents train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other medical specialty areas. This training focuses almost exclusively on the bone, skin and muscle of the face, mouth and jaw. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have knowledge and expertise that uniquely qualifies them to diagnose and treat a number of functional and esthetic conditions in this anatomical area. Dental extractions, dental implant surgery, tumor and pathology management (including cancer), facial reconstruction and cosmetic surgery are all part of the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) represents more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States, supporting specialized education, research and advocacy. AAOMS fellows and members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office anesthesia evaluations to ensure office procedures and personnel meet stringent national standards.