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Do I need to see an Oral Surgeon? 

If your  general dentist refers you to an oral surgeon, it does not necessarily mean you have a challenging case to treat. It simply means there is a specialized surgeon who can better treat your case which requires attention beyond the scope of general dentistry. Oral surgery may be needed for something as common as extraction of wisdom teeth, dental implants, or for the treatment of a tumor or cyst in the jaw.

Your general dentist might also refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for:

An oral surgeon and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon are one in the same. Oral refers to your mouth, while maxillofacial refers to your jaws and face. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon diagnose, treat, or perform surgery to resolve injuries or issues in the head, neck, face, jaws and hard and soft oral tissues. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is recognized internationally as a surgical specialty.

In fact, to become an oral surgeon, one must earn a four-year graduate degree in dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery requires up to 4 years of additional hospital based surgical and anesthesia training after graduating dental school.This program includes specialized training in anesthesia and pain control. Dr. Alijanian is a board certified Oral Surgeon. In addition he is a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, and a fellow of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. As an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Alijanian manages a wide variety of problems relating to the teeth, mouth, and facial regions. Dr. Alijanian practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery and has designed our practice to suit the oral surgery needs of our community. He is on staff at John Muir Medical Center and is an on call doctor that treats trauma patients,performing emergency reconstructive surgery after an accident.

Why do I need to schedule a Consultation Appointment if I was referred to you by my General Dentist?

A commonly asked question among patients is “Why do I need a consultation appointment with the oral surgeon prior to scheduling the procedure if my general dentist has already diagnosed treatment and referred me to him?” Although it seems a little redundant to have a consultation at the specialist when you have already seen your general dentist it is a much more comprehensive approach to patient care. Our goal is to tailor your care to your specific needs and to accommodate you as much as possible without compromising your best interests. That is why  Dr.Alijanian follows the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) recommendations regarding  appropriate preoperative patient assessments. He believes that it is critical to obtain and document the patient’s medical history and complete an examination in order to ascertain an accurate diagnosis. Once that has been established Dr. Alijanian is better equipped to discuss your treatment options as well as risks and benefits of the chosen treatment. We hope we become your specialist of choice it would be our pleasure to manage your care. Our team is committed to providing every patient with personalized treatment options and exceptional customer service. Please click the link to see what our patients have to share:  https://www.dralijanian.com/patient-information/patient-reviews/patient-testimonials/

5 Important Questions Addressed at an Oral Surgery consultation: 

  1. What are my treatment options?
  2. How long is the procedure and the recovery?
  3. What type of anesthetic, local or general, will be best for the treatment?
  4. What do I need to do beforeand after the procedure?
  5. What is the costof the treatment and will insurance cover the procedure?


We always keep in close communication with your referring doctor, and will coordinate your appointments. We look forward to scheduling a consultation with you.

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