We found 6 oral surgeons who accept Medicare near Erie, PA.

John Lawrence Alonge, MS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
316 W 23rd Street
Erie, PA
 

Dr. John Alonge is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. His residency was performed at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Alonge is affiliated with UPMC Hamot.

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David Edward Palo
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
100 State Street; Suite B.102
Erie, PA
 

Dr. David Palo is an oral surgeon in Erie, PA. Patients gave Dr. Palo an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with UPMC Hamot. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. For his professional training, Dr. Palo completed a residency program at Womack Army Medical Center. He is conversant in German.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
316 W 23rd Street
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Matthew Simmons works as an oral surgeon in Erie, PA. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4600 Zuck Road
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Michael Kolodychak specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Kolodychak average 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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
4600 Zuck Road
Erie, PA
 

Dr. John Basile is an oral surgeon. Dr. Basile accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4600 Zuck Road
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Timothy Armanini specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Armanini honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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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