We found 10 oral surgeons near Bakersfield, CA.

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Benjamin William Walline DDS, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat), Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
5 Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
Address: 1010 Calloway Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93312
Clinical Interests: facial reconstruction, general anesthesia, maxillofacial (jaw and face) surgery ... (Read more)
Dr. Alan Afshin Esla DDS, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Address: 2215 Truxtun Av, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Clinical Interests: facial reconstruction, oral surgery
Olena Norris DDS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Address: 5060 California Av, Bakersfield, CA 93309
Dr. Eli Tabariai D.M.D.
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
5 Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 4104 California Av, Bakersfield, CA 93309
Dr. Stanley S. Koh DDS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
3 Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
Address: 3301 19th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Gil B. Ivry D.D.S
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
5 Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: Le Conte Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93306
Apel Keuroghlian MD
Specializes in General Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4.1 Average rating 4.1 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
Address: Le Conte Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93306
Dr. Gordon Robert Osborn D.D.S.
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4.02 Average rating 4.02 stars out of 5 (14 ratings)
Address: 4260 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Carroll Hughes DDS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4.5 Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 200 Montclair St, Bakersfield, CA 93309
Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh D.D.S., M.D.
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
5 Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: Le Conte Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93306
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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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