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What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in treating diseases related to the face, mouth, and jaw. It may be as simple as tooth extraction or as complex as jaw fractures, reconstructive surgery, or tumor surgery. Applicants must earn a certificate of graduation from dental school as well as a residency and internship training program for oral/maxillofacial surgery approved by the American Dental Association. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon has additional training that distinguishes them from other dentists.

What is Board Certification and is our doctor Board Certified?

Board Certification is the highest level of academic achievement that an oral surgeon can achieve. The requirement of board certification is not necessary to practice oral surgery, however, those with board certification have demonstrated that they have the ability and desire to achieve this level of achievement. To become board certified, an applicant must complete an internship and residency program approved by the board, apply to the board and be accepted (board eligible), and pass multiple exams. Dr Igou is board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Many hospitals and insurance plans are now requiring board certification to participate as a provider.

I don’t like going to the dentist. How can you make this process easier?

Providing a comfortable and safe experience is our top priority. You can trust our staff to guide you through this sometimes scary process as efficiently and effectively as possible. Dr. Igou will discuss multiple anesthesia options, and the best solution for your comfort and health will be followed.

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