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We found 4 oral surgeons who accept Blue Advantage near Salem, OR.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2266 Mission Street Se
Salem, OR
 

Dr. Joel Hopkin practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in Salem, OR. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass maxillofacial (jaw and face) surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hopkin honors. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Hopkin's medical residency was performed at Baylor University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Maxillofacial Surgery

David Wesley Howerton
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2266 Mission Street Se
Salem, OR
 

Dr. David Howerton specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
120 Ramsgate Square S; Suite 110
Salem, OR
 

Dr. Martin Mehr works as an oral surgeon in Salem, OR. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mehr takes.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
410 Lancaster Drive Ne; Suite A
Salem, OR
 

Dr. Dennis Johnson practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to 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.