We found 17 oral surgeons who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 001 near Mission Viejo, CA.

Dr. Leonard Stephen Vaughan, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
26730 Towne Centre Drive; Suite 105
Foothill Ranch, CA
 

Dr. Leonard Vaughan is a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Vaughan attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with State University of New York (SUNY). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vaughan's professional affiliations include Degraff Memorial Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital, and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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Dr. Lee Duong Pham, MS, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
58 Tesoro
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Lee Pham sees patients in Los Alamitos, CA and Irvine, CA. His medical specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Pham obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice. Dr. Pham (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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David R Cummings
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
26302 La Paz Road; Suite 102
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. David Cummings' area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice. He completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Cummings is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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Kenneth R Girard
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
27800 Medical Center Road; Suite 238
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Girard practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in Mission Viejo, CA. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice. Dr. Girard is professionally affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
28202 Cabot Road; Suite 420
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Arthur Johnson is a Laguna Niguel, CA physician who specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Johnson speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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Dr. Eduard Balasanian, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
26302 La Paz Road; Suite 102
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Eduard Balasanian practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in Mission Viejo, CA. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Balasanian's residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
30190 Town Center Drive; Suite B
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Trent Westernoff is a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He works in Laguna Niguel, CA and Redondo Beach, CA. He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Westernoff is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
26302 La Paz Road; Suite 102
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. David Nicholls' specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nicholls takes.

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Nader K Salib
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
26732 Crown Valley Parkway; Suite 531
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Nader Salib works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Salib honors.

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Dr. Junil Ahn, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
27800 Medical Center Road; 238
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Junil Ahn practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ahn completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Ahn is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice. Dr. Ahn is professionally affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
113 Waterworks Way; #110
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Tony Yang's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Yang attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Jeffrey Marshall Caputo
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
26302 La Paz Road; Suite 102
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Caputo specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. For his professional training, Dr. Caputo completed a residency program at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Caputo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
26302 La Paz Road; Suite 102
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Rex Moody practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in Newport Beach, CA and Mission Viejo, CA. He is professionally affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
25571 Jeromino Road; Suite 11
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Mohammad Mohammadi-Araghi is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mohammadi-Araghi takes.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
24953 Paseo De Valencia; Suite 1-c
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Quoc Nguyen's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
27725 Santa Margarita Parkway; Suite 130
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Michael Clark specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clark honors.

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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.