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Oral Surgery

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by NLS, Aug 23, 2000.

  1. NLS


    I do not exactly know how to phase this question but, what do oral surgeons call themselves (other than oral surgeons) to those who ask? Would it be better to classify themselves as dentist, the field in which they studied indepth, or can they just call themselves surgeons, since many of them, if not all, obtain a M.D. degree?
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  3. DBEAR

    DBEAR Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 3, 2000
    Call them what ever you like. However, Surgeon is probably better since they do surgeries most of the time. Do you want to become an oral surgeon?
  4. DDSorEMP

    DDSorEMP New Member

    Aug 24, 2000
    VA, USA
    Call them Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons!LOL I really don't know but, some of them get degrees as both D.D.S.' and M.D.'s! I had a friend who did both!

    Forever Always,
  5. Richard R Scherf

    Richard R Scherf Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2000
    Dover NH
    Call them oral surgeons. Folks know what that means as soon as it's said.

    Richard R Scherf, DMD
  6. zahnmann

    zahnmann Junior Member

    Sep 24, 2000
    In the military we call them horses -sses, but you can call them whatever you want. I've been told that in the private world they can be accomodating and cordial. However, my experience has been quite the opposite.

  7. galadriel

    galadriel Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2000
    New Jersey
    They are called oral surgeons and they don't usually have an MD degree. Whether a dental school awards a DDS or DMD depends on the state in which the school is located. New York schools all award the DDS, for instance, while Pennsylvania and Mass. award the DMD! DMD is Doctor of Dental Medicine, DDS is Doctor of Dental Surgery. Same difference!

  8. 12R34Y

    12R34Y 10+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2000
    every oral surgeon i know has an M.D.. i think it is quite common and probably preferred. Dental school doesn't cover too much on tumor removal in the throat or reconstructive surgery of the face.

  9. Mango

    Mango Very Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Yeah, I've had oral surgery, and my doc was an MD! And the hospital I worked at had an entire oral/maxillofacial surgery center, and every doc there was an MD...
  10. Djanaba

    Djanaba Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 4, 2000
    Minneapolis, MN
    And, conversely, my oral surgeon was a DMD and had extensive knowledge that he loved sharing with me. My guess is that the difference between "oral surgeons" is scope of practice, which would likely be degree-related.
  11. pleaseflossdaily

    pleaseflossdaily 2+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2015
    A few of the oral surgeons I've met will get a little defensive when you call them dentists so I'd shy away from that. They went through many more years of training to get certified and more to get their M.D.s so I guess they deserve to be called whatever they want :D
  12. flyingmonkey18

    flyingmonkey18 2+ Year Member

    Jul 5, 2015
    This thread is from 2000 lol
  13. pleaseflossdaily

    pleaseflossdaily 2+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2015
    haha this is what happens when I look through all of the Oral Surgery threads :oops:
  14. willwash

    willwash 2+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Wow. OP is possibly a practicing OS now with a yacht and a Porsche.
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  15. pleaseflossdaily

    pleaseflossdaily 2+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2015
    Haha I think it takes a few more years than that to pay off dental school loans after 4 years of dental schools, and 4-6 years of residency salary.

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