Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

The average annual salary of an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is $216,440.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Certfication by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS), or proof of being a candidate for certification is needed. Diplomates must participate in Certification Maintenance to remain an "Active" Diplomate. A license certification from each state that you were, or are currently, practicing in is also required.

An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is able to do the following:1. Manage diseases of the teeth and their supporting soft and hard tissues2. Surgically reconstruct bone structure in the jaw area3. Evaluate, plan a course of treatment and place dental implants to replace one, two or a mouthful of missin teeth4. Treat head and neck trauma and injuries to the face, jaw, mouth and teeth5. Diagnose and treat facial pain6. Diagnose and treat oral cancer and other diseases in the maxillofacial region7. Perform corrective jaw surgery to improve the function and appearance of patients with conditions such as cleft lip and palate and other condenital defects8. Diagnose and surgically treat obstructive sleep apnea9. Perform facial cosmetic procedures to enhance facial appearance and function


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the emplyment of an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is 5,390 people in the United States. The job outlook is at 20% (faster than average), so the job availability in the next 4-5 years looks good.


I personally would not want to work in this occupation. I would not like to work as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon because I do not find working in peoples' mouths interesting. Although the job has a good salary, it is not worth it to me.

Would I Want This Occupation?

After finishing dental school, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons complete a minimum of four years in medical school. They could spend six years in medical school depending on the case.


Certifications and Licenses

"Certification Handbook." ABOMS. American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. May 2012-2013."Occupational Employment Statistics." BLS. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2012. March 29, 2013."Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon." Healthcare Careers. 2009. 2013.



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