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"Oral Plastic Surgeon"

Discussion in 'Dental Residents and Practicing Dentists' started by Surgerati, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Surgerati

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    I am not aware of this dental or medical specialty known as "Oral Plastic Surgery" referred to as a specialty by the doctors below. The first reference I could find to the phrase "Oral Plastic Surgeon" was from 1917 in the The Laryngoscope, Volume 27. The description of services in this article does not match the description of services by these doctors.

    http://www.dredwardpallen.com/documents/2020_OralPlasticSurgery.pdf

    http://www.drstevewallace.com/Plastic_Surgery.asp

    http://www.padentalimplants.com/

    http://www.cedseminars.com/drsaied.php


    What additional training is required to become an "Oral Plastic Surgeon"? Is there a formal board exam?

    I've never heard of this specialty and would appreciate input.
     
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  3. Michael Scarn

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    This is a marketing scheme. Much like 'esthetic dentistry' is not a specialty in dentistry, but rather a marketing ploy.
    These guys look like OMFS who are marketing themselves as doing facial plastic surgery. Facial Plastic surgery is certainly within the scope of an OMFS, but it is a little uncommon for one to market themselves as an "Oral Plastic Surgeon".

    After future investigation, these guys are perio. Not surprising that they would try to market themselves as oral plastic surgeons.
     
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    They are all periodontists, and "oral plastic surgery" = local tissue flaps. Nothing new. :rolleyes:

    -Cyrus
     
  5. Michael Scarn

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    "Facial Plastic Surgery" is not within the scope of OMS. Facial Cosmetic Surgery, however, is an important aspect of our specialty. Plastic Surgery, or Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, is a recognized surgical specialty of the
    AMA. And I do not like them, just kidding...sort of.

    And in a response related to the original post. It was my impression that he was being sarcastic with this thread and actually pointing out how ridiculous some periodontists are. At least, that is what I will choose to believe.
     
  7. Michael Scarn

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    Ok, sure. Call it what you will. We are talking about the same thing.
     
  8. armorshell

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    I fondly remember my chief resident during my intern year crank calling one of these periodontists offices pretending to be a patient in need of "oral plastic surgery." Hilarity ensued.

    Seriously, do you really need the ego boost of constantly referring to yourself as a 'surgeon'? Yes, it's technically correct, but technically a general dentist is an amelodentinal plastic surgeon, right?
     
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    Correct, and an endodontist is an oral neurosurgeon.
     
  10. sarah_bellum

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    I prefer to think of all of us as extremely proximal gastroenterologists.
     
  11. UNLV OMS GUNNABE

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    No you shouldn't call it what you will. He is right. Call it facial cosmetic surgery.
     
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    Also one of my pet peaves.
     
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    I agree. What's your reasoning?

    Anyone else's sdn page blasted with PRS official ads?
     
  14. armorshell

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    Then can we also agree to stop calling ourselves OMFS?
     
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    Yes!
     
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    Now since I know you're one of my 43k followers on twitter, you already know I'm a fan of OMS>OMFS.

    BUT I had the wonderful experience of explaining to a medicine resident that OMS does not mean I am an Osteopathic Medical Student.
     
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    I think we should change the name to oral and facial surgery. Maxillofacial is too much of a mouthful. Like Otolaryngology.
     
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    God bless you. You made my day. I am now quietly chuckling nonstop.
     
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    I'd say it probably doesn't matter, but I have not seen you. It might be better to get your teeth straightened first, since they _might_ be affecting the shape of your lips and you'd want your new chin to match the real shape of your lips when you are done.

     
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    Hi all,

    I did some search on "oral plastic surgeon" and I am suprised to find quite a few hits on the Net. I think these tittles are for patient marketing purposes rather than the actual profession that they call themselves. A simpler phrase that does not confuse the public would be " I am periodontist who performs esthetic gingival surgery". DP
     
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    Greetings,

    It is not a dental, medical specialty or in any field that is known to man. In dentistry, the only ones who can legally call themselves "surgeons" are oral and maxillofacial surgeons. The rests are dentists who although perform surgical procedures are not viewed as "surgeons" in the court of law. These term "OPS" is for marketing purpose rather than the actual professional name. DP
     

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