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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 specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in Foothill Ranch, CA. He attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with State University of New York (SUNY). Dr. Vaughan's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice. Dr. Vaughan is affiliated with 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 specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in Los Alamitos, CA and Irvine, CA. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Pham performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Pham (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese.

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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' specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Cummings is 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 specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in Mission Viejo, CA. Dr. Girard is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is 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 practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Johnson accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Johnson 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 specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Balasanian 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 an oral and maxillofacial surgery specialist. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Westernoff completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Westernoff is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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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. Dr. Nicholls is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more.

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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's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Ahn is affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. Dr. Ahn takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice.

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

Dr. Tony Yang's medical specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Yang is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, as well as 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 is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Mission Viejo, CA. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more. Dr. Caputo trained at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital for residency. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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

Dr. Rex Moody is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice. Dr. Moody is professionally affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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

Dr. Mohammad Mohammadi-Araghi's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more.

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

Dr. Quoc Nguyen is an oral surgeon in Laguna Hills, CA. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen takes. He 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's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.