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

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

Dr. John Alonge specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in Erie, PA. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot. Dr. Alonge takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. David Palo specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palo honors. Dr. Palo completed his residency training at Womack Army Medical Center. Dr. Palo speaks German. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot.

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

Dr. John Basile is an oral surgeon in Erie, PA. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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

Dr. Matthew Simmons practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Simmons accepts.

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

Dr. Michael Kolodychak specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Kolodychak is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Timothy Armanini is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Erie, PA. Dr. Armanini is in-network for 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.