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We found 6 oral surgeons who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 001 near Long Beach, CA.

Dr. David H Kim, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4448 E Village Road
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. David Kim is a medical specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Kim graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for his residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim accepts.

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
123 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Tony Chi specializes in pediatric surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Chi is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chi takes.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4448 E Village Road
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Norman Pokras works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
6226 E Spring Street; Suite 315
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Tim Silegy practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Silegy average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Dorsey practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
3320 N Los Coyotes Diagonal; Suite 100
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Dustin Rowe works as an oral surgeon in Long Beach, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Rowe is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice.

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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.