Akron Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group – OH
Akron Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group is a full service oral surgery practice which has been serving the Akron area since 1964. With three offices located in Akron, Norton, and Stow, our surgeons strive to provide their patients with the highest quality surgical services in convenient and affordable settings.
Doctors Edward McDonnell, DDS, David Kimberly, DDS, MD or Robert E. Klein, DDS along with their professional staff are available to treat your oral surgical needs five days a week. To make your visit as comfortable as possible, they offer the latest in general anesthesia and IV sedation techniques. They accept most private insurance plans and offer a variety of payment options for your convenience
WHAT IS AN ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEON?
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty providing surgical care for the mouth, jaws, and face. It is unusual in that it is a hybrid specialty combining the professional education of both dentists and medical doctors. The path to becoming an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, or simply ‘oral surgeon,’ begins with graduating from dental school. The dentist then attends a four to six year surgical residency in a hospital, learning general surgical techniques alongside other physicians.
While many routine oral issues can be treated by a dentist, there are some that require specialized surgical care. Some of the procedures performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons include:
- Removing wisdom teeth
- Dental implants
- Corrective surgery for facial deformities
- Repair of facial trauma
- Diagnosis and treatment of oral pathology
- Cosmetic Surgery
- Cleft lip or cleft palate surgery
- TMJ surgery
- Orthognathic surgery (jaw alignment)
- Sleep apnea surgery
Furthermore, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are extensively trained in the use of sedation and anesthesia, more so than any other doctors except anesthesiologists. This means that they are able to perform surgeries, such as the removal of wisdom teeth, on an outpatient basis in their office, without the need for an additional anesthesiologist on staff.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons combine surgical expertise with their knowledge of dentistry to provide comprehensive care for the structures of the jaw and face.