Q&A with an Oral Surgeon Orlando

Have you ever wondered what an oral surgeon does, or what differentiates them from a general dentist? In this Q&A, Dr. Ronald Trevisani, the oral surgeon Orlando has trusted for more than 20 years of excellent service, shares what you should know about the specialty.

What is an oral surgeon?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dental specialists with a unique set of knowledge and skills to treat functional and aesthetic disorders of the teeth, mouth, jaw, face, neck and head.

How is an oral surgeon different from a general dentist?

General dentists are very knowledgeable, but often they do not have the extensive training required to place dental implants, remove impacted wisdom teeth or perform other complex oral surgery procedures. Oral surgeons are specially trained in these procedures to deliver optimal results while minimizing patient risk. General dentists usually refer patients that need oral surgery to reputable oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

What type of training is required of oral surgeons?

Oral surgeons must earn a dental degree from an accredited dental school and complete a residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery. A board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon must pass oral and written exams testing their knowledge and clinical expertise. Some oral surgeons also complete fellowship training programs in specialized areas such as cosmetic facial surgery or head and neck cancer.

How can I find a great oral surgeon in Orlando?

Your general dentist is a great place to start the search for an oral surgeon. If you have a problem requiring oral surgery, typically your dentist will give you a few names of oral surgeons. If your dentist does not have any names, do an online search of surgeons in your area that have great patient reviews.

What are the most common procedures performed by oral surgeons?

Oral surgeons commonly do the following:

  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Surgical tooth extraction
  • The placement of dental implants
  • Oral pathology
  • Treatment of facial trauma or pain
  • Correct problems with the bite
  • Cosmetic facial surgery
  • Bone grafting

Does oral surgery hurt?

A great oral surgeon will take special measures to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable during your procedure. You will receive medication to numb your mouth and relax you prior to surgery.

Depending on your procedure, you may have slight swelling and discomfort after surgery, but you can take medication as prescribed and apply hot or cold compresses to alleviate pain and swelling.

What are some of the current trends in oral surgery?

One of the exciting advances in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery is technology that allows oral surgeons to plan out procedures in 3D. Special scanning technology and computer software enables oral surgeons to map out surgery ahead of time; this information can then be used to create detailed surgical guides.

Contact Dr. Ronald Trevisani

If you are experiencing any dental problems you think may require oral surgery, or you have been told by your general dentist you need an oral surgery procedure, Orlando oral surgeon Ronald Trevisani invites you to book a consultation with him. Please call or email our practice today.