We found 5 oral surgeons who accept Blue Advantage near Saint Cloud, MN.

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Roderick Duane Vansurksum
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2380 Troop Drive; Suite 202
Sartell, MN
 

Dr. Roderick Vansurksum works as an oral surgeon in Sartell, MN. He is affiliated with CentraCare Health. Dr. Vansurksum takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for his residency.

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Eric Andrew Stine, MS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
3950 N Veterans Drive; Suite 100
St Cloud, MN
 

Dr. Eric Stine works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Stine completed his residency training at Ohio State University Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with CentraCare Health.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
3950 N Veterans Drive; Suite 100
St Cloud, MN
 

Dr. Ryan Morris practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. For his residency, Dr. Morris trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with CentraCare Health.

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Gustavo Pena-Velasco, MS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
3950 N Veterans Drive; Suite 100
St Cloud, MN
 

Dr. Gustavo Pena-Velasco's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pena-Velasco trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pena-Velasco is affiliated with CentraCare Health.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
3950 N Veterans Drive; Suite 100
St Cloud, MN
 

Dr. Harold Machesky's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Machesky's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with CentraCare Health.

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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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