What is an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS)?

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons: Saving Faces & Changing Lives

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) is a dental specialty that focuses on a broad range of conditions related to the facial region. The training to become an OMS is an intense commitment requiring many years of dedication. Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons initially complete four years of undergraduate study and then four years of dental school. Following this, they apply for acceptance into an OMS residency that has always been amongst the most difficult dental specialties to be matriculate into. They then complete either a four or six year entirely hospital-based residency at one or more major trauma and children’s hospitals.

During this time, they complete several month rotations in internal medicine and anesthesia as well as up to a year of a general surgery internship. It is this rigorous training in dentistry, medicine, and surgery that makes them uniquely qualified to treat various conditions of both the oral cavity and facial regions.

The video on the left highlights the unparalleled training and scope of practice that oral & maxillofacial surgeons undertake. This is a full length, in-depth, interesting video that has been produced by the AAOMS – American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. This video will help provide insight into the vigorous training and education that Dr. Salib underwent at some of the most prestigious programs in the country (University of Southern California, New York University, and Indiana University) and the services he provides to his patients at Pacific Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Implants.

Dr. Salib’s practice in Orange County, CA, particularly focuses on dental implants, bone augmentation (grafting), the removal of indicated wisdom and other teeth, facial and oral trauma, and the administration of a variety of forms of sedation including light/conscious sedation, moderate sedation, and deep sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Salib maintains active Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support training and continually immerses himself in innumerable hours of continuing education each year to stay on the forefront of the specialty and ensure that his patients are receiving the best and latest treatment available.

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