We found 6 oral surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Westfield, NJ.

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Dr. Torin W Rutner, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
590 Westfield Avenue
Westfield, NJ
 

Dr. Torin Rutner's specialties are general practice and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Rutner (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Italian. Dr. Rutner's areas of expertise include chin implants and jaw surgery. He is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway and Overlook Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and performed his residency at The University Hospital, Newark. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Delta Dental, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Chin Implants, Chin Surgery, Jaw Surgery, Jaw Problems

Philip Geron
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
320 Lenox Avenue
Westfield, NJ
 

Dr. Philip Geron's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Geron accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Geron is affiliated with Overlook Medical Center.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
116 South Euclid Avenue
Westfield, NJ
 

Dr. Ronen Gold works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Gold is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Delta Dental, Blue Choice, and more. For his professional training, Dr. Gold completed a residency program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Gold is professionally affiliated with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2305 Wood Avenue
Roselle, NJ
 

Dr. Hubert Gugala's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. His training includes a residency program at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Gugala is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Jersey City Medical Center.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
567 Park Avenue; Suite 104
Scotch Plains, NJ
 

Dr. John Mullins specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He accepts 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
1441 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ
 

Dr. Oleh Zaputowycz's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He takes 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.
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