This major is a program that focuses on the advanced study of the diagnosis and intrusive and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects of the oral and maxillofacial regions, including functional and aesthetic aspects.
Includes instruction in pharmacology, analgesia, anesthesia, anxiety control, surgical procedures and techniques, surgical instrumentation, exodontia, oral diseases and malfunctions, soft and hard tissue pathology, dentoalveolar surgery, infection management, and prosthetic implantation.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Major (use the College Search feature and enter "oral/maxillofacial” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Major?
If you choose to pursue an MDS major/degree program in Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery, you will be able to find a career in the private medical sector or with the government. After a successful residency in your program, you will take a written and oral exam to become board certified. You may also choose to earn dual degrees as both a medical doctor and a dentist.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- The American Academy of Oral Medicine
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Publications/Magazines in Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Major