We found 4 oral surgeons who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 020 near Lakeland, FL.

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David R Kirkpatrick
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2150 Harden Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. David Kirkpatrick's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueDental, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kirkpatrick trained at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kirkpatrick is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2150 Harden Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Harley Richards is an oral and maxillofacial pathologist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Lakeland, FL. He is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). Dr. Richards trained at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center for his residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueDental, and Blue Choice.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4744 S Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Schacht specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. His residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schacht honors. Dr. Schacht is affiliated with Centura Health and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
1736 E Edgewood Drive
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Edward Meszaros works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Lakeland, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Meszaros is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Meszaros accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, 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.