Why Chose a Board-Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the surgical specialists of the dental profession, undergoing extensive training that begins with dental school and continues with at least 4  years of hospital-based surgical residency. They truly are an expert in face, mouth and jaw surgery.

Choosing a doctor for oral or facial surgery can be overwhelming and confusing. Dr. Adam Janette and the San Luis Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center team understand there are a lot of factors to consider when deciding between one doctor and another. That’s why we offer this guide to help you select an appropriate doctor for your care.  

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The Value of a Specialist

Finding a provider for your oral surgery needs can be confusing. Many dental practices claim they provide “oral surgery”, or they are “oral surgeons”. However, they have not undergone the extensive hospital based surgical, medical, and anesthesia training that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon has.

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a specialist, meaning their sole focus is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Janette has undergone extensive surgical training to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Our facility at San Luis Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center has the necessary specialized equipment, materials, instruments, and trained staff for these procedures. This allows Dr. Janette to perform procedures, quickly, accurately, and conveniently.  

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained and certified to administer a full spectrum of anesthesia. During their training, oral and maxillofacial surgeons rotate with an anesthesiologist in a hospital setting for several months. A dentist does not undergo this anesthesia training.

The Importance of Board Certification

Board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons are diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery which ensures optimal safety and exceptional care.  Board Certification is the distinction that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon passed an additional series of rigorous requirements, that demonstrates the doctor’s knowledge and experience required to practice in the specialty.

As a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Janette is committed to lifelong learning and maintaining his certifications. Choosing a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to perform your oral surgery is choosing the most qualified and highly trained surgeon within a specialty, specifically, the mouth, face and jaw region. This will not only guarantee the best treatment possible, but also ensure a peace of mind that you are truly in the hands of an expert. 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training:

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dental specialist who completes 4-6 years of a hospital-based residency after dental school. During this time, they gain vast experience treating patients with problems involving the teeth, jaws, oral cavity and associated facial structures. This includes advanced training alongside medical residents in anesthesia, general surgery, surgical specialties and internal medicine. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialty training includes:

  • An additional 4-6 years of medical and hospital training, including:
    • Medical School, MD
    • anesthesiology.
    • internal medicine.
    • emergency medicine.
    • intensive care.
    • general surgery.
    • ENT/plastic surgery.
    • neurosurgery.
  • Extended study and skill development of the mouth, face, and jaw region.
  • Hands-on experience and thorough research and complete analysis of: