Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects. May diagnose problems of the oral and maxillofacial regions. May perform surgery to improve function or appearance.

Common job titles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 72.2% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

  • 19.84% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.


    Treat infections of the oral cavity, salivary glands, jaws, and neck.

    Remove impacted, damaged, and non-restorable teeth.

    Evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth to determine whether problems exist currently or might occur in the future.

    Collaborate with other professionals, such as restorative dentists and orthodontists, to plan treatment.

    Administer general and local anesthetics.

    Perform surgery to prepare the mouth for dental implants, and to aid in the regeneration of deficient bone and gum tissues.

    Treat problems affecting the oral mucosa, such as mouth ulcers and infections.

    Remove tumors and other abnormal growths of the oral and facial regions, using surgical instruments.

    Restore form and function by moving skin, bone, nerves, and other tissues from other parts of the body to reconstruct the jaws and face.

    Provide emergency treatment of facial injuries including facial lacerations, intra-oral lacerations, and fractured facial bones.

    Perform minor facial rejuvenation procedures, including the use of Botox and laser technology.

    Perform minor cosmetic procedures, such as chin and cheekbone enhancements.

    Treat snoring problems, using laser surgery.

    Perform surgery on the mouth and jaws to treat conditions, such as cleft lip and palate and jaw growth problems.


Woodward elevators

Wire twisting scissors

Wire cutting scissors

Warwick-James elevators

Volumetric infusion pumps

V-notch retractors

Ultrasonic sterilization units

All Tools

Trephine burs

Towel clamps

Tongue retractors

Tissue nippers

Tissue forceps

Suture scissors

Surgical scalpels

Surgical masks

Surgical irrigation sets

Surgical gloves

Straight syndesmotomes

Straight osteotomes

Straight iris scissors

Straight hemostats

Straight dental scissors

Stout elevators


Skin hooks

Sinus retractors

Sinus lift instruments

Sinus curettes

Serrated elevators

Seldin elevators

Safety goggles

Safety glasses

Rubber dam punches

Rubber dam frames

Rubber dam clamps

Rubber dam clamp forceps

Root forceps

Root elevators

Right syndesmotomes

Pulse oximeters

Pressure steam autoclaves

Potts elevators

Posterior periotomes

Piezoelectric ultrasonic generators

Peristaltic water pumps

Periosteal elevators

Periodontal surgical curettes

Periodontal knives

Periodontal hoe scalers

Periodontal chisels

Pedodontic forceps

Panoramic dental x ray units

Osseoscalpel microsaws

Oscillating microsaws

Oral surgical retractors

Oral surgery ronguers

Oral airways

Nitrous oxide delivery systems

Needle holders

Multiparameter vital sign monitors


Mouth mirrors

Molt mouth gags

Microsurgical corn suture pliers

Mead forceps

Luxating elevators

Left syndesmotomes

Laptop computers

Lacrimal probes

Irrigating syringes

Intravenous IV equipment

Intraoral x ray equipment

Intraoral still cameras

Intraoral digital video cameras

High-speed dental handpieces

Heidbrink elevators

Gouge elevators

Gingival cord packers

File scalers

Endondontic explorers

Endodontic pluggers

Endodontic gauges

Endodontic excavators


Electrosurgical units

Electrocardiography EKG monitors

Digital dental x ray units

Desktop computers

Dental tissue pliers

Dental suture needles

Dental surgical burs

Dental suction units

Dental spreading tools

Dental sagittal saws

Dental root tip picks

Dental reciprocating saws

Dental placement instruments

Dental mouth props

Dental mallets

Dental loupes

Dental laser systems

Dental gauze packers

Dental elevators

Dental cryosurgery units

Dental cone beam computed tomography CT scanners

Dental computed tomography CT scanners

Dental bone rasps

Dental aspirators

Dental aspiration syringes

Dean scissors

Curved osteostomes

Curved iris scissors

Curved hemostats

Curved dental scissors

Curtis elevators

Cryer elevators

Crown spreaders

Crown removers

Crown lengthening gauges

Compass microsaws

Chisel scalers

Cheek retractors

Capnograph monitors

Bone tampers

Bone pluggers

Bone packers

Bone mills

Bone files

Bone crushers

Bone calipers

Bandage scissors

Automated external defibrillators AED

Articulating paper forceps

Apical forceps

Apexo elevators

Anterior periotomes

Angled scalpels

Anesthetic injectors

Anesthesia machines

Alveolar forceps


Apteryx Imaging Suite

DecisionBase TiME for OMS


Dolphin Imaging & Management Solutions Dolphin Management

DSN Software Oral Surgery-Exec

Gendex Dental Systems VixWin PRO

Kodak Dental Systems Kodak Cosmetic Imaging Module

All Technologies

Planmeca Oy Dimaxis



Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Arm-Hand Steadiness

Precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Finger Dexterity

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Control Precision

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Manual Dexterity

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization

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