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We found 5 oral surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Advantage near Surprise, AZ.

Dr. Bradley Tayler Hammond, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
16936 W Bell Road; Suite 203
Surprise, AZ
 

Dr. Bradley Hammond is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Surprise, AZ. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hammond is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for residency. Dr. Hammond speaks Japanese. He is affiliated with Banner Health.

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Elliott Rickard Bailey
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
15264 N Brookside Lane; #150
Surprise, AZ
 

Dr. Elliott Bailey's areas of specialization are pediatric dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Bailey is affiliated with Phoenix Children's Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bailey takes.

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Jeffrey Neil Brownstein
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
15264 N Brookside Lane; #150
Surprise, AZ
 

Dr. Jeffrey Brownstein practices pediatric dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Phoenix Children's Hospital.

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Tina M Ptacek
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
15264 N Brookside Lane; #150
Surprise, AZ
 

Dr. Tina Ptacek's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Phoenix Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
10613 W Olive Avenue; Suite 201
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. Stuart Sanders specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sanders takes.

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What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty providing surgical care for the mouth and jaw. It is unusual in that it is a hybrid specialty combining the professional education of both dentists and medical doctors. The path to becoming an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, or simply ‘oral surgeon,’ begins with graduating from dental school. The dentist then attends a surgical residency in a hospital, learning general surgical techniques alongside other physicians.

While many routine oral issues can be treated by a dentist, there are some that require specialized surgical care. Some of the procedures performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons include:
  • Removing wisdom teeth
  • Dental implants
  • Corrective surgery for facial deformities
  • Repair of facial trauma
  • Cleft lip or cleft palate surgery
  • TMJ surgery
  • Orthognathic surgery (jaw alignment)
  • Sleep apnea surgery

Some of these procedures are also performed by otolaryngologists or ENTs. There is quite a bit of overlap between the two specialties, and in many cases both will be qualified to perform a specific surgery. In general, oral surgeons are more likely to perform surgeries related to the mouth and jaw, such as wisdom tooth removal or TMJ surgery; whereas ENTs are more likely to handle cancers. However, areas of specialization are truly dependent on the individual physician.

One unusually convenient fact about oral and maxillofacial surgeons is that they are highly trained in the use of sedation and anesthesia, more so than any other doctors except anesthesiologists. This means that they are able to perform surgeries such as the removal of wisdom teeth on an outpatient basis in their office, without the need for an additional anesthesiologist on staff.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons combine surgical expertise with their knowledge of dentistry to provide serious care for the structures of the jaw and face.