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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.
Wire twisting scissors
Wire cutting scissors
Volumetric infusion pumps
Ultrasonic sterilization unitsAll Tools
Surgical irrigation sets
Straight iris scissors
Straight dental scissors
Sinus lift instruments
Rubber dam punches
Rubber dam frames
Rubber dam clamps
Rubber dam clamp forceps
Pressure steam autoclaves
Piezoelectric ultrasonic generators
Peristaltic water pumps
Periodontal surgical curettes
Periodontal hoe scalers
Panoramic dental x ray units
Oral surgical retractors
Oral surgery ronguers
Nitrous oxide delivery systems
Multiparameter vital sign monitors
Molt mouth gags
Microsurgical corn suture pliers
Intravenous IV equipment
Intraoral x ray equipment
Intraoral still cameras
Intraoral digital video cameras
High-speed dental handpieces
Gingival cord packers
Electrocardiography EKG monitors
Digital dental x ray units
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 laser systems
Dental gauze packers
Dental cryosurgery units
Dental cone beam computed tomography CT scanners
Dental computed tomography CT scanners
Dental bone rasps
Dental aspiration syringes
Curved iris scissors
Curved dental scissors
Crown lengthening gauges
Automated external defibrillators AED
Articulating paper forceps
Apteryx Imaging Suite
DecisionBase TiME for OMS
Dolphin Imaging & Management Solutions Dolphin Management
DSN Software Oral Surgery-Exec
Gendex Dental Systems VixWin PRO
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Sirona SIDEXIS XG
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.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
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.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
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
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.