Performs surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects. May diagnose problems of the oral and maxillofacial regions. May perform surgery to improve function or appearance.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Administers general and local anesthetics.
- Collaborates with other professionals, such as restorative dentists and orthodontists, to plan treatment.
- Evaluates the position of the wisdom teeth to determine whether problems exist currently or might occur in the future.
- Performs surgery to prepare the mouth for dental implants, and to aid in the regeneration of deficient bone and gum tissues.
- Removes impacted, damaged, and non-restorable teeth.
- Treats infections of the oral cavity, salivary glands, jaws, and neck.
- Removes tumors and other abnormal growths of the oral and facial regions, using surgical instruments.
- Provides emergency treatment of facial injuries including facial lacerations, intra-oral lacerations, and fractured facial bones.
- Treats problems affecting the oral mucosa, such as mouth ulcers and infections.
- Restores form and function by moving skin, bone, nerves, and other tissues from other parts of the body to reconstruct the jaws and face.
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