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Working As An Oral Surgeon

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $261,203

    Average Salary

What Does An Oral Surgeon Do

Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.

Duties

Dentists typically do the following:

  • Remove decay from teeth and fill cavities
  • Repair cracked or fractured teeth and remove teeth
  • Place sealants or whitening agents on teeth
  • Administer anesthetics to keep patients from feeling pain during procedures
  • Prescribe antibiotics or other medications
  • Examine x rays of teeth, gums, the jaw, and nearby areas in order to diagnose problems
  • Make models and measurements for dental appliances, such as dentures, to fit patients
  • Teach patients about diets, flossing, the use of fluoride, and other aspects of dental care

Dentists use a variety of equipment, including x-ray machines, drills, mouth mirrors, probes, forceps, brushes, and scalpels. They also use lasers, digital scanners, and other computer technologies, such as digital dentistry.

In addition, dentists in private practice oversee a variety of administrative tasks, including bookkeeping and buying equipment and supplies. They employ and supervise dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental laboratory technicians, and receptionists.

Most dentists are general practitioners and handle a variety of dental needs. Other dentists practice in 1 of 9 specialty areas:

Dental public health specialists promote good dental health and the prevention of dental diseases in specific communities.

Endodontists perform root-canal therapy, by which they remove the nerves and blood supply from injured or infected teeth.

Oral and maxillofacial radiologists diagnose diseases in the head and neck through the use of imaging technologies.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons operate on the mouth, jaws, teeth, gums, neck, and head, performing procedures such as surgically repairing a cleft lip and palate or removing impacted teeth.

Oral pathologists diagnose conditions in the mouth, such as bumps or ulcers, and oral diseases, such as cancer.

Orthodontists straighten teeth by applying pressure to the teeth with braces or other appliances.

Pediatric dentists focus on dentistry for children and special-needs patients.

Periodontists treat the gums and bone supporting the teeth.

Prosthodontists replace missing teeth with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or with removable fixtures, such as dentures.

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How To Become An Oral Surgeon

Dentists must be licensed in the state(s) in which they work. Licensure requirements vary by state, although candidates usually must graduate from an accredited dental school and pass written and practical exams.

Education

All dental schools require applicants to have completed certain science courses, such as biology and chemistry, before entering dental school. Students typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter most dental programs, although no specific major is required. However, majoring in a science, such as biology, might increase one’s chances of being accepted. Requirements vary by school.

College undergraduates who plan on applying to dental school usually must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) during their junior year. Admission to dental school can be competitive. Dental schools use these tests along with other factors, such as grade point average, interviews, and recommendations, to admit students into their programs.

Dental school programs typically include coursework in subjects such as local anesthesia, anatomy, periodontics (the study of oral disease and health), and radiology. All programs at dental schools include clinical experience in which students work directly with patients under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Completion of a dental program results in one of three degrees: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM), and Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD). In 2015, the Commission on Dental Accreditation, part of the American Dental Association, accredited more than 60 dental school programs.

High school students who want to become dentists should take courses in chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy, and math.

Training

All nine dental specialties require dentists to complete additional training before practicing that specialty. This training is usually a 2- to 4-year residency in a program related to their specialty. General dentists do not require any additional training after dental school.

Dentists who want to teach or do research full time usually spend an additional 2 to 5 years in advanced dental training. Many practicing dentists also teach part time, including supervising students in dental school clinics.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Dentists must be licensed in the state(s) in which they work. All states require dentists to be licensed; requirements vary by state. Most states require a dentist to have a degree from an accredited dental school and to pass the written and practical National Board Dental Examinations.

In addition, a dentist who wants to practice in one of the nine specialties must have a license in that specialty. Licensure requires the completion of a residency after dental school and, in some cases, the completion of a special state exam.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Dentists must have excellent communication skills. They must be able to communicate effectively with patients, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and receptionists.

Detail oriented. Dentists must be detail oriented so that patients receive appropriate treatments and medications. They also must pay attention to the shape and color of teeth and to the space between them. For example, they may need to closely match a false tooth with a patient’s other teeth.

Dexterity. Dentists must be good at working with their hands. They work with tools in a limited area.

Leadership skills. Most dentists work in their own practice. This requires them to manage and lead a staff.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills, including the ability to keep accurate records of patient care, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Dentists may work for long periods of time with patients who need special attention. Children and patients with a fear of dental work may require a lot of patience.

Physical stamina. Dentists should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as bending over patients for long periods.

Problem-solving skills. Dentists need strong problem-solving skills. They must evaluate patients’ symptoms and choose the appropriate treatments.

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Oral Surgeon Demographics

Gender

Female

74.7%

Male

21.8%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Hispanic or Latino

20.1%

Black or African American

9.3%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Polish

11.1%

Portuguese

5.6%

Hindi

5.6%

Russian

5.6%

Arabic

5.6%
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Oral Surgeon Education

Schools

New York University

13.5%

University of California - San Francisco

8.1%

University of Florida

5.4%

Temple University

5.4%

Front Range Community College

5.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.4%

Cerritos College

5.4%

Alpena Community College

5.4%

University of Phoenix

5.4%

Florida Gateway College

5.4%

College of the Canyons

5.4%

Howard University

5.4%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

5.4%

Brown University

2.7%

State University of New York Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

2.7%

University of Connecticut

2.7%

Lewis and Clark Community College

2.7%

Southeast Community College Area

2.7%

Ohio University -

2.7%

Canada College

2.7%
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Majors

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

26.4%

Dental Assisting

12.0%

Nursing

9.6%

Business

7.2%

Dentistry

7.2%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

6.4%

Medical Assisting Services

4.0%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Biology

3.2%

Psychology

2.4%

Medicine

2.4%

Education

2.4%

Management

1.6%

Medical Technician

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Military Applied Sciences

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Clinical Psychology

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

36.8%

Bachelors

16.6%

Associate

16.0%

Doctorate

11.0%

Certificate

9.8%

Masters

6.7%

License

1.8%

Diploma

1.2%
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Real Oral Surgeon Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Oral Surgeon Chancellor Dental Group, PC Oklahoma City, OK Oct 01, 2010 $386,095
Oral Surgeon Great Expressions Dental Centers Bloomfield Hills, MI Apr 07, 2014 $302,615
Oral Surgeon Kool Smiles, P.C. Colonial Heights, VA Oct 01, 2013 $300,528
Oral Surgeon Kool Smiles, P.C. Richmond, VA Oct 01, 2013 $300,528
Oral Surgeon Connecticut Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Centers West Haven, CT Sep 20, 2011 $300,000
Dentist/Oral Surgeon Manhattan Oral Facial Surgery LLC New York, NY Apr 01, 2014 $250,000
Oral Surgeon Kool Smiles, P.C. Richmond, VA May 08, 2015 $240,000
Oral Surgeon Champlain Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery South Burlington, VT Sep 15, 2015 $220,000
Oral Surgeon Connecticut Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centers West Haven, CT Sep 26, 2010 $220,000 -
$280,000
Oral Surgeon Connecticut Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centers West Haven, CT Sep 26, 2010 $219,000 -
$280,000
Oral Surgeon Londonderry Oral Surgery, PLLC Londonderry, NH Sep 15, 2013 $210,000
Oral Surgeon Northland Dental Partners, P.C. Maple Grove, MN Sep 01, 2014 $200,000
Oral Surgeon Central Connecticut Oral Maxillofacial and Implant West Hartford, CT Sep 06, 2011 $192,525 -
$280,000
Oral Surgeon Central Connecticut Oral Maxillofacial and Implant West Hartford, CT Sep 30, 2011 $192,525 -
$280,000
Oral Surgeon Dental Associates of Northern Virginia PLLC Manassas, VA Sep 19, 2016 $188,000 -
$240,000
Oral Surgeon Great Expressions Dental Centers of New York, LLP Maywood, NJ Feb 29, 2016 $187,830
Oral Surgeon Saint Joseph Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.A Laredo, TX Dec 08, 2014 $187,830
Oral Surgeon Community Health Connections, Inc. Fitchburg, MA May 20, 2016 $187,200
Oral Surgeon Community Health Connections, Inc. Fitchburg, MA May 27, 2016 $187,200

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Top Skills for An Oral Surgeon

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  1. Oral Surgery
  2. Dental Procedures
  3. Surgical Procedures
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  • Supervised oral surgery team to provide full scope of oral surgery to patients referred within Monarch Dental.
  • Assisted oral surgeon with daily dental procedures such as tooth extraction, implant placement, soft tissue surgery.
  • Assisted Doctor with surgical procedures.
  • Assisted front desk with confirming, answering phones and scheduling appointments.
  • Implant placement, Intravenous sedation, Surgical and routine extractions, Biopsy, Alveoplasty,

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Top 10 Best States for Oral Surgeons

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  3. South Carolina
  4. Nebraska
  5. North Dakota
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Iowa
  8. Maryland
  9. Pennsylvania
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