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We found 3 oral surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Advantage near Collegeville, PA.

Andrew Lawrence Kanter
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
555 Second Avenue; Suite 203
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Andrew Kanter's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Kanter's areas of expertise include reconstructive surgery and maxillofacial (jaw and face) surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Kanter speaks Hungarian. His professional affiliations include St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Kanter is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Mouth Problems, Maxillofacial Surgery

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
660 Valley Forge Road
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Ilacqua specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in Norristown, PA and Phoenixville, PA. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ilacqua is affiliated with Hahnemann University Hospital. He honors 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 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
545 W Main Street; Suite 24
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Sheeran's specialties are oral and maxillofacial pathology and oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is affiliated with Abington Health. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sheeran's office for an appointment.

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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.