400 N State Of Franklin Road, Johnson City, TN 37604
"He called out sick. I called to reschedule and they wouldn't give me a date. I am beyond irritated and I have to force the person on the phone to give me an appointment that is not another 2 weeks out. I get the consult appointment and try to schedule the follow-up surgery and she won't give me a time or date. I say I'm just going to show on the following day that I have off and wait and she says that is fine. Dr Michael L Hamlin, the same one arrest on cocaine charges in 1998, calls me from a restricted number so that I can't call his cell phone back proceeds to yell and scream and then threatens to have me arrested for trespassing if I show up to my appointments."
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
Corrective surgery for facial deformities
Repair of facial trauma
Cleft lip or cleft palate 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.