|Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Perform surgery on mouth, jaws, and related head and neck structure to execute difficult and multiple extractions of teeth, to remove tumors and other abnormal growths, to correct abnormal jaw relations by mandibular or maxillary revision, to prepare mouth for insertion of dental prosthesis, or to treat fractured jaws.
- Administer general and local anesthetics.
- Remove impacted, damaged, and non-restorable teeth.
- Evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth in order to determine whether problems exist currently or might occur in the future.
- Collaborate with other professionals such as restorative dentists and orthodontists in order to plan treatment.
- Perform surgery to prepare the mouth for dental implants, and to aid in the regeneration of deficient bone and gum tissues.
- Remove tumors and other abnormal growths of the oral and facial regions, using surgical instruments.
- Treat infections of the oral cavity, salivary glands, jaws, and neck.
- Treat problems affecting the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and infections.
- Provide emergency treatment of facial injuries including facial lacerations, intra-oral lacerations, and fractured facial bones.
- Perform surgery on the mouth and jaws in order to treat conditions such as cleft lip and palate and jaw growth problems.
- Restore form and function by moving skin, bone, nerves, and other tissues from other parts of the body in order to reconstruct the jaws and face.
- Perform minor cosmetic procedures such as chin and cheek-bone enhancements, and minor facial rejuvenation procedures including the use of Botox and laser technology.
- Treat snoring problems, using laser surgery.
Detailed Work Activities
- use dental treatment procedures
- analyze dental data
- calculate medical dosages
- use knowledge of medical terminology
- use emergency medical treatment procedures
- diagnose or treat oral injuries
- use clinical problem solving techniques
- understand properties or composition of drugs
- use medical diagnostic techniques
- follow confidentiality procedures
- identify body response variations
- understand technical operating, service or repair manuals
- follow dental or medical office procedures
- follow operating room procedures
- take vital signs
- conduct medical tests
- make decisions
- follow surgical procedures
- follow patient care procedures
- monitor patient's condition
- administer medications or treatments
- use medical equipment in direct patient care
- prepare patient reports
- obtain information from clients, customers, or patients
- administer anesthetics
- prescribe or recommend drugs, medical devices or other forms of treatment
- conduct patient assessments
- collect dental laboratory diagnostic data
- follow infectious materials procedures
- make presentations on health or medical issues
- observe patient condition
- administer injections
- use sanitation practices in health care settings
- interpret medical laboratory test results
- use research methodology procedures in health care
- follow dental or medical x-ray procedures
- use knowledge of dental terminology
- interpret x-rays
- diagnose or treat oral diseases
- communicate technical information
- write technical health or medical documents
- use interpersonal communication techniques
- follow clinical radiation safety procedures
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