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Become An Oral Surgeon

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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

  • $250,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Oral Surgeon Do At Willamette Dental Management Corporation

* DDS, DMD or BDS, MSD or Certificate in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Board eligible or Board Certified
* Earn a competitive salary including a bonus plan and a rich benefits package which includes:
* Guaranteed Compensation, Relocation Assistance and Sign-on bonuses
* Medical and dental insurance
* Paid holidays and Professional Leave
* In-house CE and Continuing Education Funds
* License Reimbursement & Association Dues
* k) and Deferred Compensation
* Malpractice Insurance
* Willamette Dental Group is a 2014 Press Ganey Success Story Award Winner in Recognition of our Innovative Approach to Organizational Change in Patient

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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.


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.


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


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Arabic

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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 & Maxillofiacial Surgeon Elliot Health Systems Manchester, NH Oct 01, 2011 $300,000
Oral Surgeon Connecticut Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Centers West Haven, CT Sep 20, 2011 $300,000
Maxillofacial & Oral Surgeon Greenberg Dental Associates, LLC Altamonte Springs, FL Aug 01, 2015 $250,000
Dentist/Oral Surgeon Manhattan Oral Facial Surgery LLC New York, NY Apr 01, 2014 $250,000
Maxillofacial & Oral Surgeon Greenberg Dental & Orthodontics, Pa Altamonte Springs, FL Feb 09, 2016 $250,000
Maxillofacial & Oral Surgeon Greenberg Dental & Orthodontics, Pa Altamonte Springs, FL Sep 09, 2016 $250,000
Oral and Maxiillofacial Surgeon Roger E. Freilich, DMD, Pa Palm Beach Gardens, FL Sep 08, 2009 $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 -
Oral Surgeon Connecticut Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centers West Haven, CT Sep 26, 2010 $219,000 -
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 -
Oral Surgeon Central Connecticut Oral Maxillofacial and Implant West Hartford, CT Sep 30, 2011 $192,525 -
Oral Surgeon Dental Associates of Northern Virginia PLLC Manassas, VA Sep 19, 2016 $188,000 -
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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Top Oral Surgeon Skills

  1. Oral Surgery
  2. Insurance Verification
  3. Routine Extractions
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised oral surgery team to provide full scope of oral surgery to patients referred within Monarch Dental.
  • Implant placement, Intravenous sedation, Surgical and routine extractions, Biopsy, Alveoplasty,
  • Assist oral surgeons in surgical procedures both in the office setting and area hospitals' operating room.
  • assisted periodontist, Dr. Steven Ury, DDS, and also assisted the general dentists in the practice (approx.
  • Train New Dental Assistants using OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Blood/Airborne Pathogens Protective Practices.

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