We take pride in the accomplishments, successes, and hard work of all our dental staff members. It takes a great team to work together to keep the mechanics of a dental practice running smoothly, all while focusing on excellent patient care.
We invite existing or new patients to take the time to know each of us personally, and this month we would like to focus on Dr. Michael Horan.
What Is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Medina OH?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons spend years in school to learn how to identify a comprehensive range of injuries, defects, abnormalities, and infections that can occur to the jaws, face, soft tissue, neck, and head. The oral and maxillofacial region is, simply put, your mouth and surrounding areas.
They are trained to administer anesthesia, extract wisdom teeth and tumors or cysts, repair cleft palates, perform dental implant surgery, treat trauma and injury to the face, reconstruct parts of the jaw, realign painfully misaligned jaw joints, and a number of other serious dental surgeries.
The most common need for oral and maxillofacial surgery is tooth extraction, most likely from an impacted tooth. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive extensive education and training so they know how to repair delicate hard and soft tissue problems. Highly skilled professionals are tasked to restore intricate and oral structures like the gums, while also working with harder foundations like the jawbone. Knowledge of general medicine, dentistry, surgery, and more all come into play when carrying out these specialized services.
How Does One Become an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
Becoming an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a difficult and challenging task that requires years of schooling and training. All dentists, including specialists, must first finish dental school in order to understand the basics of dentistry and learn how to diagnose and treat common oral health issues.
Upon completion of dental school, surgeons must continue residency training for a minimum of four years and up to six years in order to fully master diagnostic and surgical skills. They also train in the connective structure that contains the face, head, neck, and jaw. Surgeons also complete sedation dentistry and can administer every type of sedation to patients prior to surgery.
How Can Dr. Horan Help You in Medina OH?
While some oral and maxillofacial surgeries are preventative in order to stop the process of an ongoing dental problem (for example, impacted wisdom teeth), many surgeries treat emergency dental situations where a serious injury has occurred. Our Medina patients can feel secure knowing that in the event of an emergency, Frontier Dental has the dental technology, compassionate staff, and medical knowledge to treat any range of oral health circumstances. After years of extensive specialized training and dental school, your board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Michael Horan, is efficient at treating a wide range of injuries to your mouth, face, neck, and jaw.
It certainly takes great skill, perseverance, and hard work to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and we take great pride in Dr. Horan and the rest of our amazing dental team. We want our patients to know that they are in highly capable hands, especially in an emergency.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Horan, we invite you to schedule an appointment to get to know us.