Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
SOC: 29-1022.00

Description:

Perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects. May diagnose problems of the oral and maxillofacial regions. May perform surgery to improve function or appearance.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
6,800 employed

Projected (2024):
8,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Chief of Surgery
  • Dental Service Chief
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Doctor
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Maxillofacial Surgeon
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon-Practice Owner
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident
  • Oral Surgeon
  • Owner Oral Surgeon
  • Resident Physician
  • Resident Surgeon
  • Surgeon
  • Surgeon Partner
  • Surgeon/President


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Administer general and local anesthetics.
  • Remove impacted, damaged, and non-restorable teeth.
  • Evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth to determine whether problems exist currently or might occur in the future.
  • Collaborate with other professionals, such as restorative dentists and orthodontists, 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 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 to reconstruct the jaws and face.
  • Treat snoring problems, using laser surgery.
  • Perform minor cosmetic procedures, such as chin and cheekbone enhancements.
  • Perform minor facial rejuvenation procedures, including the use of Botox and laser technology.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Alveolar forceps
  • Anesthesia machines
  • Anesthetic injectors
  • Angled scalpels
  • Anterior periotomes
  • Apexo elevators
  • Apical forceps
  • Articulating paper forceps
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Bandage scissors
  • Bone calipers
  • Bone crushers
  • Bone files
  • Bone mills
  • Bone packers
  • Bone pluggers
  • Bone tampers
  • Capnograph monitors
  • Cheek retractors
  • Chisel scalers
  • Compass microsaws
  • Crown lengthening gauges
  • Crown removers
  • Crown spreaders
  • Cryer elevators
  • Curtis elevators
  • Curved dental scissors
  • Curved hemostats
  • Curved iris scissors
  • Curved osteostomes
  • Dean scissors
  • Dental aspiration syringes
  • Dental aspirators
  • Dental bone rasps
  • Dental computed tomography CT scanners
  • Dental cone beam computed tomography CT scanners
  • Dental cryosurgery units
  • Dental elevators
  • Dental gauze packers
  • Dental laser systems
  • Dental loupes
  • Dental mallets
  • Dental mouth props
  • Dental placement instruments
  • Dental reciprocating saws
  • Dental root tip picks
  • Dental sagittal saws
  • Dental spreading tools
  • Dental suction units
  • Dental surgical burs
  • Dental suture needles
  • Dental tissue pliers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital dental x ray units
  • Electrocardiography EKG monitors
  • Electrosurgical units
  • Electrotomes
  • Endodontic excavators
  • Endodontic gauges
  • Endodontic pluggers
  • Endondontic explorers
  • File scalers
  • Gingival cord packers
  • Gouge elevators
  • Heidbrink elevators
  • High-speed dental handpieces
  • Intraoral digital video cameras
  • Intraoral still cameras
  • Intraoral x ray equipment
  • Intravenous IV equipment
  • Irrigating syringes
  • Lacrimal probes
  • Laptop computers
  • Left syndesmotomes
  • Luxating elevators
  • Mead forceps
  • Microsurgical corn suture pliers
  • Molt mouth gags
  • Mouth mirrors
  • Mucotomes
  • Multiparameter vital sign monitors
  • Needle holders
  • Nitrous oxide delivery systems
  • Oral airways
  • Oral surgery ronguers
  • Oral surgical retractors
  • Oscillating microsaws
  • Osseoscalpel microsaws
  • Panoramic dental x ray units
  • Pedodontic forceps
  • Periodontal chisels
  • Periodontal hoe scalers
  • Periodontal knives
  • Periodontal surgical curettes
  • Periosteal elevators
  • Peristaltic water pumps
  • Piezoelectric ultrasonic generators
  • Posterior periotomes
  • Potts elevators
  • Pressure steam autoclaves
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Right syndesmotomes
  • Root elevators
  • Root forceps
  • Rubber dam clamp forceps
  • Rubber dam clamps
  • Rubber dam frames
  • Rubber dam punches
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety goggles
  • Seldin elevators
  • Serrated elevators
  • Sinus curettes
  • Sinus lift instruments
  • Sinus retractors
  • Skin hooks
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Stout elevators
  • Straight dental scissors
  • Straight hemostats
  • Straight iris scissors
  • Straight osteotomes
  • Straight syndesmotomes
  • Surgical gloves
  • Surgical irrigation sets
  • Surgical masks
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Suture scissors
  • Tissue forceps
  • Tissue nippers
  • Tongue retractors
  • Towel clamps
  • Trephine burs
  • Ultrasonic sterilization units
  • V-notch retractors
  • Volumetric infusion pumps
  • Warwick-James elevators
  • Wire cutting scissors
  • Wire twisting scissors
  • Woodward elevators
  • Apteryx Imaging Suite
  • DecisionBase TiME for OMS
  • DentalEye software
  • Dolphin Imaging & Management Solutions Dolphin Management
  • DSN Software Oral Surgery-Exec
  • Gendex Dental Systems VixWin PRO
  • Kodak Dental Systems Kodak Cosmetic Imaging Module
  • Planmeca Oy Dimaxis
  • Sirona SIDEXIS XG


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800