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

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

Dr. Leonard Vaughan, who practices in Foothill Ranch, CA, is a medical specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. His professional affiliations include Degraff Memorial Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital, and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Vaughan has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Lee Pham practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice. Dr. Pham attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Pham (or staff) speaks 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cummings include dental implant surgery, chin surgery, and jaw surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice. Dr. Cummings trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Cummings's professional affiliations include CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Jaw Problems, Dental Implant Surgery, Chin Surgery, Jaw Surgery

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. In his practice, Dr. Salib focuses on dental implant surgery, chin surgery, and jaw surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Jaw Problems, Dental Implant Surgery, Chin Surgery, Jaw Surgery

Dr. Trent Howard Westernoff, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
30190 Town Center Drive; Suite B
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Trent Westernoff specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in Laguna Niguel, CA and Redondo Beach, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Westernoff average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Westernoff is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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

Dr. Arthur Johnson specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in Laguna Niguel, CA. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Johnson attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Johnson speaks Spanish. Dr. Johnson is professionally 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. Dr. Balasanian is professionally affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Balasanian's training includes a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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

Dr. Junil Ahn sees patients in Mission Viejo, CA. His medical specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has a special interest in chin implants, dental implant surgery, and cleft lip and palate repair. Dr. Ahn is affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. He attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Jaw Problems, Chin Implants, Dental Implant Surgery, Cleft Lip and Palate Repair, Jaw Surgery

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 and practices in Mission Viejo, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include jaw surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more. For his residency, Dr. Caputo trained at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Caputo is affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Jaw Problems, Jaw Surgery

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

Dr. Rex Moody is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Moody is affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. 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
113 Waterworks Way; #110
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Tony Yang practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Yang studied medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yang honors.

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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 and maxillofacial surgeon in Laguna Hills, CA. Dr. Nguyen is professionally affiliated with Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice.

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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 in Mission Viejo, CA. He honors 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. David Nicholls works as an oral surgeon. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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.
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