What Type of Education Does an Oral Surgeon Receive?
Posted on 4/12/2021 by Candice
An oral surgeon has studied various surgical procedures which relate to the overall oral cavity health. While they receive the same education as general dentists do and can perform the twice-yearly cleanings, do fillings, and provide fluoride treatments as general dentists do but they also have additional training and education concerning the latest surgical techniques.
General Education of Oral Surgeon
An undergraduate degree is required to earn either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Art degree. Once these are earned then there needs to be an additional four years of dental study to earn either their DMD, DDS, BDS, or Bdent degree. Believe it or not, they still are not done with their education yet. After that, they are required to have residency training for between four to six years. The six years of residency also includes two additional years of education required to earn a medical degree
Certified Surgeons vs. Licensed Surgeons
There is still more education and training an oral surgeon can get to make themselves stand out from the ground. While every dental professional is licensed, additional training and education can be taken to become what is called a board-certified surgeon. To get their board certification they are required to provide a portfolio which shows they have the skill and technique to perform numerous oral surgeries. They also have to pass a written exam at which point they will take an oral exam. Each of the oral exams is fifty-minutes long and if they fail one, they are not board-certified and must start the process over again.
Another caveat to becoming board certified is that it is a lifelong commitment. They must be recertified every ten years. They have to continue maintaining a portfolio demonstrating they are keeping up with the latest advances in oral surgery techniques. This is a way for us to make sure patients receive the best possible care.
If you want to find a board-certified surgeon, we can help you. Call us today to discuss the different oral surgeons that are available in our area.
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