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 medical specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a graduate of UNC Hospitals' residency program. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ruiz honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Orlando Health.

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

Dr. Rafael Alcalde's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Alcalde (or staff) speaks Spanish and Japanese. In his practice, Dr. Alcalde focuses on oral surgery and facial surgery. His professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Patient ratings for Dr. Alcalde average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Richardson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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

Dr. Tinerfe Tejera's specialties are facial plastic surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery. His clinical interests encompass maxillofacial (jaw and face) surgery. Dr. Tejera honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Maxillofacial Surgery

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

Dr. Jay Cagata, who practices in Fort Myers, FL, is a medical specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cagata is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to 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 average patient rating is 1.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Anderson takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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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