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We found 5 oral surgeons who accept Blue Advantage Gold HMO 014 near Highland Park, IL.

Richard P Martino
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
900 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 208
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Richard Martino practices oral and maxillofacial pathology and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Martino is especially interested in jaw reconstruction, dental implant surgery, and mouth (oral) problems. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His training includes a residency program at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mouth Problems, Dental Implant Surgery, Jaw Reconstruction

William Louis Nickel
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
1240 Meadow Road; Suite 300
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. William Nickel works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. His residency was performed at Brooke Army Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nickel is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. Dr. Nickel has an open panel.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
1893 Sheridan Road; #311
Highland Park, IL
 

Dr. Leslie Heffez works as an oral surgeon. Dr. Heffez honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. Dr. Heffez (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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Dr. Nathan Alan Braverman, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
1770 1st Street; Suite 350
Highland Park, IL
 

Dr. Nathan Braverman's medical specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. His clinical interests encompass dental implant surgery and mouth (oral) problems. Dr. Braverman honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Braverman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mouth Problems, Dental Implant Surgery

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, General Dentistry
1893 Sheridan Road; Suite 311
Highland Park, IL
 

Dr. Mark Jacob's specialties are oral and maxillofacial surgery and general dentistry. He is affiliated with NorthShore University HealthSystem. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Jacob's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jacob accepts.

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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.