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We found 7 oral surgeons who accept Blue Choice near Portsmouth, VA.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
400 W Brambleton Avenue; Suite 310
Norfolk, VA
 

Dr. James Krochmal is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Norfolk, VA. Patient ratings for Dr. Krochmal average 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Krochmal accepts.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
6033 Providence Road
Virginia Beach, VA
 

Dr. Trent Conelias' specialties are oral and maxillofacial pathology and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Patients gave Dr. Conelias an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for 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
3116 Tyre Neck Road
Portsmouth, VA
 

Dr. Lynn Jett works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for 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
620 John Paul Jones Circle
Portsmouth, VA
 

Dr. Jesse Lee specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
620 John Paul Jones Circle
Portsmouth, VA
 

Dr. Michael Gentile's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. 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
3116 Tyre Neck Road
Portsmouth, VA
 

Dr. Vernon Sellers works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Portsmouth, VA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sellers 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
620 John Paul Jones Circle
Portsmouth, VA
 

Dr. William Shoemaker's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He accepts 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.