Thomas M. Weil, D.D.S
Steve L. Koo, D.D.S
Diplomats of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

About Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)?

The American Dental Association defines Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as follows:

"Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a medical and dental specialty of surgery which involves the diagnosis, surgery, and adjunctive treatment of diseases and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region."

What does Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery mean?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) is, in fact, a dental specialty but one which in many ways bridges the gap between medicine and dentistry. We are the physicians of the mouth and jaws. Our scope of practice includes the surgical and non-surgical treatment of most diseases and abnormalities of the mouth, jaws, and face. This includes everything from removal of teeth to treatment of facial trauma and jaw reconstruction procedures.

What is the training a Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons first attend a four year dental school after 3-4 years of undergraduate college training. Upon completion of dental school a hospital-based residency of at least 4 years is accomplished. This includes experience in medicine, general surgery, and other oral surgical specialties. Because administration of general anesthesia and intravenous sedation is such an integral part of our practice, we train for 4-6 months in hospital based general anesthesia, doing nothing but intubated general anesthesia for non-dental cases. Some oral and maxillofacial surgeons also have a medical degree.

Oral Surgery Services We Provide