Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery requires 5 additional years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school. The surgical staff at Dr. Patrick A. O’Connor Oral and Maxilliofacial Surgery are experienced, certified oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants, who assist in administration of I.V. sedation and surgery.
As an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. O'Connor manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and face. Dr. O'Connor practices full scope Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to bone grafting and management of traumatic facial injuries.
Dental implant placement usualy involves two surgical procedures for most patients. First, implants are placed in your jawbone after the area has healed from the tooth extraction. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. Then the second phase begins. Dr. O'Connor will uncover the implants and attach small posts which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. Learn more about the dental implant process.