We found 6 oral surgeons who accept United Healthcare Compass near Fort Myers, FL.

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Dr. Ramon Lazaro Ruiz, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
5285 Summerlin Road; Suite 101
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Ramon Ruiz's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Ruiz's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is affiliated with Orlando Health. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Ruiz's residency was performed at UNC Hospitals. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Rafael Emilio Alcalde
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
33 Barkle; Suite B
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Alcalde specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in Fort Myers, FL, Miami, FL, and South Miami, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Alcalde is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in oral surgery and facial surgery. Dr. Alcalde accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his professional training, Dr. Alcalde completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Alcalde (or staff) speaks Spanish and Japanese. Dr. Alcalde's hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Mercy Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Facial Surgery, Oral Surgery, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
6120 Winkler Road; Suite F
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Randolph Richardson is a medical specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Richardson is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
8267 College Parkway
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Tinerfe Tejera's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery. He studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tejera include maxillofacial (jaw and face) surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Clinical interests: Maxillofacial Surgery

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
1537 Brantley Road
Ft Myers, FL
 

Dr. Jay Cagata is an oral and maxillofacial surgery specialist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
1537 Brantley Road
Ft Myers, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Anderson's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 1.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as 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.
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