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We found 4 oral surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Clarksville, TN.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
2285 Rudolphtown Road; Suite 200
Clarksville, TN
 

Dr. George Lee's areas of specialization are general surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and head & neck plastic surgery; he sees patients in Clarksville, TN. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Gateway Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee accepts. Dr. Lee is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Matthew Adam Defelice
Specializes in General Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Cumberland Surgical Arts
Clarksville, TN
 

Dr. Matthew Defelice works as a general surgeon and oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Defelice is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Defelice takes. He is affiliated with Gateway Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
1718 Memorial Drive
Clarksville, TN
 

Dr. Jason Lilly practices general surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery in Clarksville, TN. Dr. Lilly is professionally affiliated with Gateway Medical Center. 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. He welcomes new patients. For his professional training, Dr. Lilly completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2145 Old Ashland City Road
Clarksville, TN
 

Dr. John Gunn's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts 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.