Oral Surgeon Los Angeles
There are over 74,000 searches on Google per month for "oral surgeon near me." The number of results found is even more astounding, with over 2,370,000 (yes, that's MILLION) results! This can be a problem if you are searching for an oral surgeon. Not only do you want to know "Is there an oral surgeon near me", but do you need an oral surgeon and which one do you choose?
"The additional training of an oral & maxillofacial surgeon can be of extreme value for complex surgical procedures and provide you with peace of mind that you are being cared for by the very best. "
--- NAVID SENEHI, DDS. MD.
When do you need the expertise of an Oral Surgeon?
When you schedule a dental exam with your general dentist, you can expect services for teeth cleaning, dental fillings, bridges, dental crowns, x-rays, teeth whitening, dental veneers, and screening for potential dental and oral problems.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dental/medical specialists who receive specialized training to handle advanced surgical procedures including:
- Wisdom teeth removal - You may want to check out my Definitive Guide To Wisdom Teeth Removal where I cover a variety of topics about wisdom teeth removal, cost, symptoms, types of anesthesia, postoperative care, impacted teeth, dry sockets, and more.
- Dental Extractions
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint) Pain - Learn the signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder and three TMJ disorder treatment paths.
- Dental implants - Check out my Definitive Guide To Dental Implants where I provide a comprehensive overview of dental implants and help you determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
- Bone Graft - Patients who are considering All-On-4® dental implants, single or multiple unit dental implants, or implant-supported dentures may require a bone graft procedure. Check out what bone grafting is and how the surgical process works, as well as recovery period and cost.
- Oral Pathology - Benign and malignant tumors not just of the mouth, but also of the jaws, head and neck, in addition to the salivary glands, throat, sinuses, larynx, and lips.
- Orthognathic Surgery - This is more commonly referred to as corrective jaw surgery. Check out the conditions and situations that may require an Orthognathic surgical intervention.
- Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and Reconstruction
- Knocked-out, avulsed, or rotten teeth
- Sleeping and breathing disorders - Learn about sleep apnea symptoms and how to diagnose if you have sleep apnea.
- Oral and Facial trauma for patients involved in motor vehicle accidents, assaults, sport-related injuries and more.
- Cosmetic facial procedures from minimally invasive procedures including injectables to complete facial surgical rejuvenation.
- Dental Rejuvenation - From single to multiple unit dental implants, All-On-4® dental implants, Zygomatic dental implants, full mouth reconstruction, and smile makeover.
- Pain Management and Anesthesia - When administered by a knowledgeable and experienced medical professional, anesthetics should be no cause for concern. Learn the six common types of anesthesia and the role of anesthesia in oral & maxillofacial surgery.
- Pediatric Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery including management of cleft lip and palate, alveolar cleft, and various other dentofacial deformities.
Oral Surgeon Near Me: Specialized Training
The specialized training for an oral & maxillofacial surgeon (OMFS) requires four years of dental school after obtaining Bachelor's Degree, and an additional four years of surgical residency in a hospital setting. Some candidates, including myself, choose to broaden their scope by obtaining a Medical Degree as well which subsequently adds additional years of training to previously specified duration.
When a severe problem is outside the scope of your general dentist, endodontist, periodontist, orthodontist, pediatric dentist, ENT surgeon, facial plastic surgeon, dermatologist, ophthalmologist, primary care physician, sleep physician and many more specialists, he or she will refer you to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon.
I am a dual degree oral & maxillofacial surgeon, DDS. MD, extensively trained in the treatment of all the above-mentioned conditions at one of the most recognized Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery programs in not just the United States, but the world. I have been taught by the most renowned surgeons in the world who have had an immense contribution to the field of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Surgical expertise is acquired through clinical knowledge and experience. Learning from the best and being able to perform numerous surgical procedures at one of the busiest level one trauma centers in the country has enabled me not only to provide the best surgical care for my patients with minimal downtime and smooth recovery, but also prevent complications from happening and manage them appropriately in case of occurrence.
Choosing the right Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Oral surgeons often work as part of a team with the patient's dentist, pediatrician, orthodontist, or other healthcare providers mentioned above. They manage mouth, teeth, face, jaw, TMJ and many other facial skeletal problems that require the surgical care and specialized training of a specialist who is not only an expert in relation to the oral cavity and dentition (dental background), but also the surrounding structures including the jaws, face, head, and neck (medical/surgical background).
Many providers have built a relationship with oral surgery practices or doctors they like to work with and will refer you to a specific center or an oral surgeon. However, many patients today prefer to do their own research to learn more about the expertise of the oral surgeon, the cost of treatment, and the surgical procedure that has been recommended before they commit and make an appointment.
The problem with the number of Google searches for "oral surgeon near me" or "oral surgeon Los Angeles, CA" is how can a patient discern if a specific oral surgeon in Los Angeles CA is the most qualified to treat them? Following is a checklist to help you choose the best oral surgeon in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills area. Frankly, the most important factor in the success of your procedure is the surgeon that you select. Choose wisely.
5 Keys for Choosing the Best Oral Surgeon Los Angeles
1. Look into the training and credentials of the oral & maxillofacial surgeon.
All oral surgeons should have completed at least 4 years of training and preferably be board certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Some oral & maxillofacial surgeons like myself have earned a dual-degree in medicine and dentistry and invested additional years of training in General Surgery and Anesthesia. This additional training can be of extreme value for complex surgical procedures and provide you with peace of mind that you are being cared for by the very best.
2. Know what the oral surgery facility has to offer.
Choose an oral surgeon who practices in the most technologically advanced facility. The surgical facility should have 2D / 3D digital dental and panoramic x-ray equipment, CT scanners, specialized digital scanners that enable precise and clear images of the mouth, jaws, facial skeleton or other areas needing treatment. Why is this important? Because outdated equipment can often lead to additional time spent during surgery, despite the oral & maxillofacial surgeon's skill level. This can translate into a higher surgical bill and create more complications that would otherwise be prevented. We offer the most proven and precise treatment in the profession. You can feel at ease and relax in our medical spa state-of-the art facility. We want to ensure excellence and quality care while having your procedure done. Our well equipped surgical facility and a team of specialists provide you with the care and safety that you need so you can relax and know with confidence that you are in great hands.
3. If you require intravenous sedation (IV sedation) or general anesthesia, find out if your health care provider and staff are qualified to administer anesthesia and to monitor you safely in their facility.
This is very important. For some procedures, you may be required to be treated in a hospital or day-surgery facility (surgery center), so find out in advance. This could easily result in higher medical costs for securing additional facilities for your procedure, when it may not be necessary. Also, some practitioners who are not able to provide various types of anesthesia themselves will need to hire an anesthesiologist which could greatly increase the cost of the procedure. I'm extensively trained in administering various types of anesthesia in an outpatient setting and the cost will be included as part of your procedure without the need to hire additional staff.
4. Look for Google ratings, reviews, testimonials, awards, and honors.
Above all, you want an experienced surgeon who is caring and compassionate with sound surgical skills and judgment. A surgeon who makes you feel at ease. You want to feel confident trusting the surgeon you choose to perform the procedure. Read what patients say about their oral & maxillofacial surgeon. Do they convey what is important to you?
Also, see if the oral & maxillofacial surgeon writes and publishes content on a blog. This will give you a good idea of his or her approach to surgical processes and surgical skills.
5. Make sure the oral surgeon (health care provider) accepts your insurance, or if they can assist you in obtaining financial aid to help you pay for the procedure with a monthly payment plan.
At Facial & Oral Surgery Institute there's an option for everyone. FOSI staff and I strive on a daily basis to keep our patients fully satisfied, providing quality care in an amazing facility. When our patients leave our office or greet us upon their return with a smile on their face, that means we have achieved our goals.