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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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and head & neck plastic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Lee average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Gateway Medical Center. Dr. Lee honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Lee graduated from 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's specialties are general surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Before completing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Defelice attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Defelice accepts. He is affiliated with Gateway Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Jason Lilly works as a general surgeon and oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Lilly accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. He is professionally affiliated with Gateway Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. John Gunn is an oral surgeon. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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.