We found 6 oral surgeons who accept Medicare near Erie, PA.

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Dr John Lawrence Alonge DDS MS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
316 W 23rd Street
Erie, PA

Dr. John Alonge works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Erie, PA. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot. For his professional training, Dr. Alonge completed a residency program at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more.

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Dr David Edward Palo DDS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Average rating 3.91 stars out of 5 (12 ratings)
100 State Street; Suite B.102
Erie, PA

Dr. David Palo works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Erie, PA. Patients rated Dr. Palo highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Palo trained at Womack Army Medical Center for residency. He speaks German.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4600 Zuck Road
Erie, PA

Dr. John Basile'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
Average rating 4.92 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
4600 Zuck Road
Erie, PA

Dr. Michael Kolodychak is an oral surgeon in Erie, PA. On average, patients gave Dr. Kolodychak a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kolodychak accepts.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
316 W 23rd Street
Erie, PA

Dr. Matthew Simmons is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Erie, PA. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4600 Zuck Road
Erie, PA

Dr. Timothy Armanini's area of specialization is 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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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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