What is an oral surgeon?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, usually known as oral surgeons complete their graduation with a 4-year degree in a dental school. Then, they follow it up by taking the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). Once cleared, they pursue a surgical program for 4 more years in a dental school.
In the dental school, they get training in areas having plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, general surgery, surgical dental implantation, treatment of jawline cancers, internal medicine, emergency care, etc.
What do oral maxillofacial surgeons do?
Oral surgeon definition and job description
Oral surgery is a type of dentistry that treats various injuries, defects, and diseases around the neck, head, jaw, and face. Most common maxillofacial and oral services involve tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, placing dental implants, and reconstructive dental oral surgery. Basically, oral surgery deals with the surgical treatment of various conditions of jaws or mouth.
How much do oral and maxillofacial surgeons make a year?
In accordance with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon salary pay scale is about $ 101.30 per hour on an average and about $ 210,710 a yearly income.
The following factors greatly influence the average oral and maxillofacial surgeon salary:
(1) Geographical location
Oral surgeons practicing in New York, NY, earns an annual income of $197,796 per year on an average and the oral surgeons living in Massachusetts make approximately $127,567 per year on an average.
(2) Job Experience
Experience is one more important factor that causes huge variation in the maxillofacial oral surgeon salary. Novice oral surgeons having experience less than a year start with making about $85,000 increasing to $280,000. And obviously, the salaries go up proportionately with the gained experience.
An oral surgeon having moderate experience of about 4 to 5 years makes around $248,895. However, highly experienced oral surgeons due to their exposure and efficiency earn about $313,351 per annum.
(3) Location of work
Oral surgeons working in dental offices earn about $210,000 yearly on an average. On the other hand, those practicing in physician’s clinics earn about $203,000 per year. And those who practice in medical care units earn about $200,000 a year.
(4) Private practice
The oral maxillofacial surgeon salary who works privately, usually range from $176,174 to $695,305 a year. And those employed in government health care dental units usually earn between $98,264 and $247,897 annually.
Considering the pay package and the return on investment of an oral surgeon, here is some helpful information if you may want to know how to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon:
- First, you should have a bachelor’s degree specializing in three core subjects. They are Chemistry, Biology, and Human Anatomy.
- You need to have a basic dental education of 4 years. Once the graduation is completed, you will be given license to actively practice dentistry.
- If you choose for specialization in dentistry, then you need to the take Dental Admissions Test (DAT). If everything goes well, an extra 4 years must be spent at the dental school for becoming an oral surgeon.
- In these additional 4 years of the residency program, you will be trained in depth in different aspects under a certified oral surgeon’s supervision.
- This is then followed by a certification test involving written and practical test from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
The demand for oral surgeons is expected to increase by 9 percent in the coming 5 years, making this oral and maxillofacial surgery jobs a promising and stable career path having attractive salaries. After all, an oral surgeon is the creator of many happy smiles.