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Explore a Future in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is one of the most dynamic professions in healthcare today. And while the future demand for dentists is expected to continue its steady growth of the last two decades, many dental students consider pursuing a specialty.

There are nine dental specialties from which to choose, but only one — oral and maxillofacial surgery — offers so many ways to make a lasting difference in a patient's life.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery, or OMS, is the surgical arm of dentistry. It is defined by the American Dental Association as the specialty which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Understand the Ethics and Professionalism Associated with the National Match

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are respected and valued members of the health care team. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons maintain active staff privileges with local and regional hospitals in their community and practice in a variety of settings including private clinical practice, ambulatory surgical centers and hospitals. Other opportunities are available in academia, military service, or in dental research and industry.

103 OMS accredited residency programs will be accepting applications for 2011-2012 academic year. There are currently 1057 residents enrolled in OMS residency programs in the U.S., of which 215 are enrolled as first year residents. About 56% of the 387 individuals who applied for residency were enrolled.

Explore OMS and learn the benefits of being a specialist:

OMS Externship Opportunities

Many accredited OMS programs offer a 1-4 week externship opportunity in which dental students are exposed to the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery and the diagnostic and clinical skills required of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Externships are an excellent opportunity for those interested in the specialty to gain experience and to determine if OMS is the appropriate career choice for them. Students will participate in conferences, seminars, assist residents and staff in the clinics and operating room.

Most externship opportunities require that the student be a junior or senior dental student from an accredited school in the United States. Requirements and availability are subject to each institution, however often students will be required to provide a letter of recommendation from the Dean of their dental school and proof of malpractice coverage.

For more information regarding oral and maxillofacial surgery externship opportunities, please contact the program of your choice listed below.

» OMS Externship Opportunities

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Selecting a Program

For the 2012-2013 academic year, there are 1,104 residents enrolled in 102 OMS accredited residency training programs. About 55% of the 396 individuals who applied for residency matched.


Single Degree Programs

OMS Certificate
(4 years/48 months)
Four-year training program in OMS defined by the standards and required of all programs

MD Alternative
(5-7 years/60-84 months)
Four year certificate with MD (optional) OMS training program. The applicant is accepted into a four-year program and medical school if they qualify by advanced standing requisites. The medical education is a continuum following OMS training. Regardless of acceptance into medical school all residents must complete the four year training program.

Dual Degree Programs
MD Integrated

(6 years/72 months)
The training program is greater than 4 years in length. The training program guarantees the applicant a place in medical school without advanced standing requisites and integrates medical education and 30 months of OMS training into the program.


Diversity exists within residency programs, including areas of interest manifested by individual programs. Answers to the following questions may be useful in selecting a program.

What is the total length of time of training in your program, and how is it structured?
Programs may vary significantly in length, although a minimum of 48 months of training is required. Some may extend to six to eight years depending on the amount of additional training provided.

Are other educational opportunities available such as a research track leading to a MS or a PhD degree?
A number of training programs offer specific post-training research tracks, as well as research programs, which can be initiated during training. These tracks that culminate in MS or PhD degrees may have particular interest for those planning a career in academics or research.

Is a medical degree available, and if so, is it an optional or mandatory (integrated) part of training?
Several training programs concurrently provide medical education resulting in the awarding of a medical degree. Some of these programs provide the medical training as an integrated part of their training and others as an alternative component available following completion of the 4 year training program. It is important for the applicant to understand the procedures for acceptance and completion of the medical degree. The resident is sometimes discharged if s/he fails to qualify for medical school.

What is the number of full-time faculty members and how many are board certified?
Resident/faculty interaction is an important part of training. Board certification provides some indication of the quality of these individuals as the examination is a rigorous written and oral examination taken following the completion of training. The program director must be board certified.

How many of the program's graduates have taken and passed the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery examination?
This may indicate to you the quality of residents who were graduating from a particular program. Currently, board certification is a criterion for gaining surgical privileges in many hospital and managed care organizations. To obtain information about the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), you should write or call the ABOMS at: 625 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1820, Chicago, IL 60611 or 312-642-0070, at least six months in advance of your anticipated date of completion of OMS training.

Is your program affiliated with a dental school?
Several programs have affiliations with dental schools, medical schools or both. All programs have a strong hospital component and some are based primarily in hospitals. These various avenues should be understood by the applicant and their advantages investigated.

Are post-residency fellowships available?
Some training programs offer additional research or clinical training beyond the resident level in certain subspecialty areas. These may include microsurgery, oncology, facial esthetics, pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery, craniofacial surgery, etc. You must also inquire about the case load in these areas to ensure that the additional programs offered do not interfere with minimum requirements for training in a specified area of the specialty.

The availability of research, either current of projected, should be investigated.
Research is frequently an indication of the commitment of the faculty advancing the specialty through investigation. Often this provides opportunities for residents to develop an orientation toward research.

What is your current accreditation status?
The Commission on Dental Accreditation rigorously reviews and recommends the accreditation status of the OMS training programs at least every five years. It is important that the applicant understands the accreditation status of a program upon entering that program, and the influence of this on the residency training.

Is all of the training achieved in the primary institution?
Some training programs find it beneficial for their residents to rotate to other institutions for specific areas of training. This may be distant from the institution. Some program rotate residents out of the country for varying durations. There has been a recent attempt to provide exposure to other methods and philosophies of treatment by some training programs. These programs may offer rotations to foreign countries and you should inquire as to how these rotations fit into fulfillment of the current requirements for training as well as family commitments.

How does your training program interface with other specialties of dentistry?
Increasingly, the discipline of oral and maxillofacial surgery is interdependent with other areas of dentistry. For example, surgical orthodontic and surgical prosthodontic conferences are routine in many programs and provide didactic and clinical benefits.

How do I find out about available places to practice?
The AAOMS has a classified ad section in the AAOMS Today, published six times per year, with information about oral and maxillofacial surgeons seeking associates. In addition, the AAOMS Career Line offers residents access to job opportunities 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The resident can respond to posted jobs by generating a confidential mini-CV or sending an e-mail. Also, your program director and both full-time and part-time faculty are excellent sources of information. You are encouraged to write directly to the AAOMS members in the area in which you wish to practice.

Will I have to take the general state board examination to practice oral and maxillofacial surgery?
Most states require you to take the general dentistry examination in order to practice. However, a growing number of states are establishing reciprocity like the NERB which allows you to show a dental license in one state or region. Through this and other credentials you may obtain a limited specialty license to practice oral and maxillofacial surgery. The AAOMS encourages states to license oral and maxillofacial surgeons by credentials. Specialty licensure examinations are sometimes required. They are often given in June. If you do not obtain specialty licensure in states with these provisions, you will be unable to announce yourself as a specialist. It is prudent to contact the state board of dental examiners of any state you may be interested in to learn about the requirements six to nine months in advance. If you currently do not have a general dentistry license in any state, it would be a good idea to take a state or regional dental exam in the location that you desire to practice.

When and how do I apply for hospital privileges?
Once you have determined the locale(s) in which you desire to practice, you should get at least a six-month start on writing the hospital(s) to obtain privileges. Your operating privileges are granted on the basis of training, experience, and competence. Therefore, you need to have operative records as documentation for the privileges you seek. You must maintain a log of surgical cases performed during residency. This is especially true for all major oral and maxillofacial surgery privileges. Again, privileges will be granted based on education, training, current competence and experience, not based on degree(s). It is a good idea to contact the oral and maxillofacial surgeons on a particular hospital staff before you apply for privileges to gain their support. This is especially true if you are planning to apply for privileges for an area in oral and maxillofacial surgery that is not commonly performed at that hospital. Each individual hospital is governed by bylaws that may differ in their requirements. Commonly, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are part of the Department of Surgery.

Because a number of programs now offer an MD degree as an alternative or requirement, does this mean that OMS is leaving dentistry?
Nothing could be further from the truth. The AAOMS has stated that OMS is a recognized dental specialty and has been so for nearly 90 years. Most OMS get the vast majority of their referrals from other dentists, and dentoalveolar surgery is the mainstay of most OMS practices.

What are the requirements for medical licensure?
If you plan on entering a residency program which offers integrated medical education, you should ask the program director about the postgraduate training required to obtain a medical license in the state where the program is located.

What is USMLE and how does it affect me?
USLME is the United States Medical Licensing Exam. It is taken in three steps and is required for graduation from medical school and for acquiring a medical license. Step I is taken after your first or second year in medical school and covers primarily the basic sciences. Step II is taken sometime before you graduate from medical school and is more clinically oriented and Step III is taken after you graduate from medical school (usually after one year of residency). Most medical schools require that you pass or at least take Step I before you start your clinical rotations. The consequences of not passing Step I vary from program to program. Some programs (contingency programs) actually dismiss you from the medical school and/or surgery program. If you plan on attending a dual degree program, be sure to ask when you will be required to take USMLE Step I, how residents in that program prepare for the exam, what the pass rate of previous residents at that program has been, and what are the consequences for not passing the exam. Most oral and maxillofacial surgery residents effectively prepare for and pass the USMLE exams.

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OMS Residency is GME Funded

Many dental students considering a specialty program are concerned about accruing additional debt. The OMS residency is supported by federal funding for direct graduate medical education (DGME) and indirect medical education (IME). As a result, the OMS resident in a hospital-based residency program accrues limited or no additional education-related debt, as residents are paid a stipend for 4 years from Graduate Medical Education (GME) funds that enable them to support their living costs. This is not the case for all dental specialties. One exception is that in some MD integrated programs, tuition is required for the years in medical school.

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Life as an OMS Resident

OMS residencies are rigorous. They require many dedicated hours in surgery, on rounds, in the clinic and in lectures. Residents frequently work long hours and are on call in the emergency room for maxillofacial trauma cases. Despite this demanding workload, most residents report they are able to balance their residency and personal lives, and find both fulfilling.

Mentoring programs are an important component of OMS residency training programs. As a first year resident you will have the support and assistance of your program chair, director and faculty. Everyone involved understands what you are experiencing and is committed to your success. And, the accreditation standards require close supervision of residents to ensure learning and competence in procedures.

In addition to the support of your residency program, the Resident Organization of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ROAAOMS™) offers a number of opportunities for involvement as well as personal and professional growth through a variety of programs and activities. These include a forum for discussion of resident issues, indoctrination into organized dentistry and medicine, and encouragement as members develop into future leaders of the specialty. The resident section of the AAOMS website, the monthly electronic newsletter, Resident E-News, automatic subscription of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (JOMS) and direct electronic communication from AAOMS keep residents informed about current issues facing the specialty and enhance the role of residents in the association.

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OMS Procedures

Dental implants and extraction of wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the most common oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures. But OMSs do much more. Since the earliest days of the specialty, OMSs have expanded their scope of practice to include surgery of the entire maxillofacial complex. Their knowledge and skills make them proficient in the management of bony and soft tissue reconstruction of the entire maxillofacial skeleton. Major areas of OMS practice include:

OMSs are trained to become experts in all aspects of pain and anxiety control, including general anesthesia/deep sedation, and conscious sedation. Much of their training focuses on ambulatory anesthesia and airway management, preparing them to administer safe and effective anesthesia services in the dental office and other ambulatory settings.

Dentoalveolar Surgery
The mainstay of most OMS practice involves the extraction of diseased or impacted teeth. Surgical exposure of impacted teeth to enable the orthodontic assisted eruption of those teeth into a functional and esthetic position is an important part of dentoalveolar surgical practice. Other traditional office procedures include preparation of the mouth for dentures, treatment of oral infections and biopsy of suspicious lesions of the hard and soft tissue. OMSs also serve as the primary referral source for general dentists needing advice or assistance with the diagnosis of oral surgical problems.

Dental Implants
Dental implants are titanium metal cylinders that replace tooth roots. They are placed into the jaw bones where bone grows into them and locks them in place. Dental implants are used very effectively to replace missing teeth. Dental implants may comfortably and permanently replace one or more teeth, and are regarded by many as one of the most important advances in dentistry in the last 50 years. OMSs plan and place dental implants used to replace missing teeth. Training in the placement of implants includes proper diagnosis, treatment, site preparation, (including the reconstruction of bone and soft tissues), and maintenance.

Surgical Correction of Maxillofacial Skeletal Deformities
Surgical correction of maxillofacial skeletal deformities includes the reconstructive procedures that correct deformities of the jaws, facial skeleton, and associated soft tissues. These abnormalities may be caused by genetic, environmental, developmental, functional, and/or pathologic aberrations apparent at birth or manifested in subsequent growth and development or acquired through trauma, neoplastic processes, and degenerative diseases. Musculoskeletal deformities of the facial bones can occur in all three planes of space (anteroposterior, vertical, and transverse) or any combination of the three, unilaterally or bilaterally, and in either one or both jaws. The surgical procedures involve repositioning and recontouring the facial bones to correct functional and/or pathologic problems. The principal goal of surgical correction of these skeletal deformities is restoration and/or improvement in function and prevention of potential sequelae.

Orthognathic Surgery
Orthognathic surgery is performed to correct developmental growth abnormalities of the jaws and facial bones. Patients with these abnormalities usually present with a malocclusion. These problems can effect not only chewing but speech and the overall health of the individual as well as the esthetic appearance of the face. Surgical treatment is usually conducted in combination with orthodontics. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During the surgery, the jaws are moved to the correct position, not only to improve the patient's occlusion, but to restore normal facial appearance as well.

Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery
OMSs surgically correct congenital and acquired defects of the maxillofacial region including cleft lip and palate. The majority of cleft and craniofacial surgery occurs in children. The optimal management of patients with cleft and craniofacial deformities traditionally involves a multidisciplinary team which is necessary to correct all adjunctive procedures.

Maxillofacial Trauma
OMSs repair routine and complex facial injuries, set fractured jaw and facial bones, reconnect severed nerves and ducts, and treat other injuries of the face and neck region.

Temporomandibular Joint
OMS training includes the diagnosis and surgical and non-surgical management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. It also includes the differential diagnosis of head, neck, and facial pain. This comprehensive knowledge affords the patient the ability to regain normal function while eliminating pain.

Pathologic Conditions
OMSs diagnose and manage patients with diseases of the oral and maxillofacial region, including cysts, benign and malignant tumors, soft tissue, and severe infections of the oral cavity and salivary glands. The reconstruction of the mouth and face following the removal of tumors represents the ability of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon to return patients to optimum levels of appearance and function.

Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery
OMSs correct jaw, facial bone and facial soft tissue problems left as the result of previous trauma or removal of pathology. This surgery which restores form and function often includes moving skin, bone, nerves, and other tissues from other parts of the body to reconstruct the jaws and face. These same skills are also used when oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform cosmetic procedures for improvement of problems due to unwanted facial features or aging.

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Glossary of Terms

Anesthesia Terms

Analgesia - the diminution or elimination of pain.

Anxiolysis - the diminution or elimination of anxiety.

Anesthesia Period - that period of time beginning with the placement of a needle, mask, or solution into or onto the body until the patient has regained sufficient reflexes to be transferred to the recovery area.

Minimal Sedation (anxiolysis)/Local Anesthesia - A drug-induced state during which patients respond normally to verbal commands. The elimination of sensation, especially pain, in one part of the body by the topical application or regional injection of a drug.

Moderate Sedation(Analgesia)/Conscious Sedation - a minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient's ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and appropriately respond to physical stimulation and verbal command and that is produced by a pharmacological or non-pharmacological method or a combination thereof.

Deep Sedation(Analgesia)/ General Anesthesia - A drug-induced state of depressed consciousness accompanied by partial loss of protective reflexes, including the inability to continually maintain an airway independently and/or to respond purposefully to physical stimulation or verbal command, and is produced by a pharmacological or non pharmacological method or a combination thereof.

Anesthesia Parenteral - a route of administration for an agent that bypasses the gastrointestinal tract. It includes injections, inhalation, and topical routes.

Enteral - a route of administration for an agent that is placed directly into the gastrointestinal tract from which absorption occurs across the entire membrane. It includes oral and rectal administration.

OMS Terms

Algorithm - a step-by-step process for solving a specific health problem.

Clinical Indicator - an instrument that measures a quantifiable aspect of patient care and can be used as a guide to monitor and evaluate the quality and/or appropriateness of patient care. Not a direct measure of quality, a clinical indicator is merely a "flag" indicating areas for more detailed analysis. All variances in indicator data do not necessarily indicate a "problem."

Clinical Pathway - a plan of treatment describing all scheduled interventions for a specific group of patients.

Continual - that which is repeated regularly and frequently in steady succession.

Continuous - that which is prolonged without any interruption at any time.

Critical Pathway - a plan that contains only the few vital clinical interventions proven to affect either the clinical or financial outcome of a specific group of patients.

Erupted Third Molar - a molar so positioned that the entire clinical crown is visible.

Exarticulated Tooth - a tooth that has been completely displaced out of its socket (complete avulsion).

Impacted Tooth — one that cannot erupt into normal position or function and is considered to be pathologic.

Impacted Third Molar - one that is so positioned that it will probably not erupt by the middle of the third decade and constitutes pathology with dental and medical consequences. To limit known risks and complications associated with surgery, it is medically appropriate and surgically prudent to remove impacted third molars before the middle of the third decade and prior to complete root development. An impacted tooth with completed root formation that is totally covered by bone in a patient beyond the third decade that does not meet the aforementioned indications for removal should be monitored for change in position and/or development of pathology, which may then indicate removal.

Luxated Tooth - a tooth that is dislocated or displaced from the alveolus.

Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction - a collective term embracing a number of clinical problems that involve the masticatory musculature.

Partially Erupted Third Molar Tooth - a molar that is so positioned that only a portion of the clinical crown is visible.

Qualified Personnel - individuals with training and credentials to perform specific tasks.

Quality of Care - the degree to which patient-care services increase the probability of desired patient outcomes and reduce the probability of undesired outcomes, given the current state of knowledge.

Risk Factor - a condition that may alter the manner in which a patient is managed and/or the outcome.

Standard of Care - that care provided to a patient that meets the therapeutic goals and maximizes the desirable and minimizes the undesirable outcomes, based on the current state of knowledge.

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - a collective term embracing a number of clinical problems that involve the masticatory musculature, the temporomandibular joint, or both. The term is synonymous with Craniomandibular Disorders (CMD).

Therapeutic Goal - that which a patient should reasonably expect following the management of his or her condition.

Unerupted Third Molar Tooth - an embedded tooth that will probably erupt by the middle of the third decade.

Licensure Terms

Initial Licensure - The first time a candidate applies for and receives a dental license. The candidate does not hold a dental license in another jurisdiction at the time of application.

Licensure by Credentials - In granting licensure by credentials, a state board of dentistry determines that the candidate is currently licensed in another jurisdiction, has practiced for a minimum specified amount of time prior to application (usually five years) and that the state has licensure standards equivalent to the one where licensure by credentials is being sought. If the candidate meets all required criteria, licensure examinations are not necessary and a license is granted.

Reciprocity - Licensure by reciprocity refers to a situation in which a jurisdiction has authority to grant licensure only to licensees of states that do likewise to their licensees. Such decisions are based on formal agreements between state boards. Today, the majority of states grant licensure by credentials versus having reciprocal agreements with other states.

Regulation - a rule or order issued by an executive authority or regulatory agency of a government (e.g. dental board) and having force of law.

Statute - a law enacted by the legislative branch of a government (i.e. state legislature). The dental practice act is an example of a statute.

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Related Organizations

American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS)
625 N. Michigan Avenue
Ste. 1820
Chicago, IL 60611
Fax: 312-642-8584

OMS Foundation
9700 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018
FAX: 847-678-6254

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery National Insurance Company (OMSNIC)
6133 N. River Road, Ste. 650
Rosemont, IL 60018
FAX: 847-384-0049

American Dental Association
211 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, M.D. 20892-2190

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
1400 K Street N.W., Ste. 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 202-289-7204

Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)
FAX: 202-667-4983

Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program
National Matching Service
595 Bay Street
Ste. 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5G 2C2
FAX: 416-977-5020

American Association for Dental Research
International Association for Dental Research
1619 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3406
FAX: 703-548-1883

American Association of Dental Examiners (AADE)
211 E. Chicago Avenue
Ste. 760
Chicago, IL 60611
FAX: 312-440-3525

Accreditation Council for Continuing Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
515 N. State Street, Ste. 2000
Chicago, IL 60610
FAX: 312-755-7498

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Regional Testing Boards

Regional testing agencies contract with individual state boards of dentistry to administer the clinical examination required for licensure in those states. The regional testing agencies do not have the authority to license individuals or to implement policy that goes beyond the laws of its member states. Regional testing agencies should not be confused with state boards of dentistry.

Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA)
1304 Concourse Drive
Ste. 100
Linthicum, MD 21090
FAX: 301/563-3307

Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS)
1725 Gage Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66604-3333
FAX: 785/273-5015

Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA)
4698 Honeygrove Road, Ste. 2
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
FAX: 757/318-9085

Western Regional Examining Board (WREB)
9201 N. 25th Avenue, Ste. 185
Phoenix, AZ 85021
FAX: 602/371-8131

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State Dental Boards

The state board of dentistry (also known as board of dental examiners or licensing board) is an agency of state government created by the state legislature. This agency governs the qualifications for and the practice of dentistry within the state. The board's authority is limited to that granted by the state legislature and typically includes:

  1. establishment of qualifications for licensure,
  2. issuance of licenses to qualified individuals,
  3. establishment of standards of practice and conduct,
  4. taking disciplinary action against those who engage in misconduct, and
  5. promulgation of rules to enable the board to perform its duties.

State boards are composed of members of the profession and the public.

State Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama
5346 Stadium Trace Parkway, Suite 112
Hoover, AL 35035
FAX: 205-985-0674

Alaska State Board of Dental Examiners
Division of Occupational Licensing
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
FAX: 907-465-2974

Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners
101 East Capitol, Suite 111
Little Rock, AR 72201
FAX: 501-682-3543

Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners
5060 N. 19th Avenue, #406
Phoenix, AZ 85015
602-242-1492, ext. 23
FAX: 602-242-1445

The Dental Board of CA
1432 Howe Avenue, #85
Sacramento, CA 95825
916-263-2300, ext. 2306
FAX: 916-263-2140

Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners
1560 Broadway, Suite 1310
Denver, CO 80202
FAX: 303-894-7764

Connecticut State Dental Commission
Dept. of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
FAX: 860-509-8457

Delaware State Board of Dental Examiners
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Cannon Building, Suite 203
Dover, DE 19903
302-739-4522, Ext. 220
FAX: 302-739-2711

District of Columbia Board of Dentistry
Dept. of Health
825 N. Capital St., NE
Room 2224
Washington, DC 20002
FAX: 202-442-9431

Florida Board of Dentistry
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Bin C08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3256
FAX: 850-922-5389

Georgia Board of Dentistry
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
FAX: 478-207-1685

Hawaii State Board of Dental Examiners
Dept. of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
FAX: 808-586-2874

Idaho State Board of Dentistry
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0021
FAX: 208-334-3247

Licensure Maintenance or Initial Licensure
Illinois State Board of Dentistry
Dept. of Professional Regulation and Education
320 W. Washington, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
217-782-8556 (Initial License)
217-782-0458 (All Other)
FAX: 217-782-7645

Indiana State Board of Dental Examiners
Health Professions Bureau
402 W. Washington, Room 041
Indianapolis, IN 46204
FAX: 317-233-4236

Iowa Board of Dental Examiners
Executive Hills West
400 SW 8th Street, Suite D
Des Moines, IA 50309-4687
FAX: 515-281-7969

Kansas Dental Board
900 S.W. Jackson St., Rm. 564S
Topeka, KS 66612
FAX: 785-296-3116

Kentucky Board of Dentistry
10101 Linn Station Road, #540
Louisville, KY 40223
FAX: 502-423-1239

Louisiana State Board of Dentistry
365 Canal Street, Suite 2680
New Orleans, LA 70130
FAX: 504-568-8598

Maine Board of Dental Examiners
143 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
FAX: 287-8140

Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners
The Benjamin Rush Bldg.
Spring Grove Hospital Center
Wade Avenue
Baltimore, M.D. 21228
FAX: 410-402-8505

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry
239 Causeway Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
FAX: 617-727-2197

Michigan Board of Dentistry
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909-8170
FAX: 517-241-3082

Minnesota Board of Dentistry
2829 University Avenue SE, Suite 450
Minneapolis, MN 55414
FAX: 612-617-2260

Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners
600 East Amite Street, Suite 100
Jackson, MS 39201-2801
FAX: 601-944-9624

Missouri Dental Board
P.O. Box 1367
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1367
FAX: 573-751-8216

Montana Board of Dentistry
301 South Park
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
FAX: 406-841-2305

Nebraska Board of Examiners in Dentistry
Credentialing Division
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
FAX: 402-471-3577

Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners
2295 E Renaissance Drive, Suite B
Las Vegas, NV 89119
FAX: 702-486-7046

New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners
2 Industrial Park Drive
Concord, NH 03301-8520
FAX: 603-271-6702

New Jersey State Board of Dentistry
124 Halsey Street
P.O. Box 45005
Newark, NJ 07101
FAX: 973-273-8075

New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87504-5101
FAX: 505-476-7095

New York State Board of Dentistry
89 Washington Avenue
2nd Floor-West Wing
Albany, NY 12234
518-474-3817, ext. 550
FAX: 518-473-6995

North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners
15100 Weston Parkway, Suite 101
Carey, NC 27513-2129
FAX: 919-678-8472

North Dakota State Board of Dental Examiners
P.O. Box 7246
Bismarck, ND 58507-7246
FAX: 701-224-0038

Ohio State Dental Board
77 S. High Street, 18th Floor
Columbus, OH 43266-0306
FAX: 614-752-8995

Oklahoma Board of Dentistry
201 N.E. 38th Terrace, #2
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
FAX: 405-524-2223

Oregon Board of Dentistry
1515 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Suite 602
Portland, OR 97201
FAX: 503-229-6606

Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105
FAX: 717-787-7769

Puerto Rico Board of Dental Examiners
Department of Health
P.O. Box 10200
San Juan, PR 00908
FAX: 787-723-7903

Rhode Island State Board of Examiners in Dentistry
Three Capitol Hill, Room 205
Providence, RI 02908-5097
FAX: 401-222-1272

South Carolina State Board of Dentistry
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329
FAX: 803-896-4596

South Dakota State Board of Dentistry
P.O. Box 1037
106 W. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
FAX: 605-224-7426

Tennessee Board of Dentistry
425 5th Avenue North
Cordell Hull Building, 1st fl.
Nashville, TN 37247-1010
888-310-4650, Ext. 25073
FAX: 615-532-5369

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, #800
Austin, TX 78701
FAX: 512-463-7452

Utah Board of Dentists and Dental Hygienists
Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
Licensing Specialists
FAX: 801-530-6511

Vermont Board of Dental Examiners
Office of the Secretary of State
26 Terrace St., Drawer 09
Montpelier, VT 05609-1106
FAX: 802-828-2465

Virginia Board of Dentistry
6603 W. Broad Street, 5th Floor
Richmond, VA 23230-1712
FAX: 804-662-7246

Virgin Islands Board of Dental Examiners
Department of Health
48 Sugar Estate
St. Thomas, VI 00802
FAX: 340-777-4001

Washington State Dental Health Care Quality
Assurance Commission
1112 SE Quince Street
P.O. Box 47867
Olympia, WA 98504-7867
FAX: 360-664-9077

West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners
P.O. Drawer 1459
Beckley, WV 25802-1459
FAX: 304-252-2779

Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board
P.O. Box 8935
1400 E. Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53708
FAX: 608-261-7083

Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 201
Cheyenne, WY 82002
FAX: 307-777-3508

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OMS Recruitment Video

For those who choose to practice oral and maxillofacial surgery, the future is limitless. The scope of practice is diverse and the opportunities to help others and make a good life for you and your family are without equal.

Explore a future in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a brief 12-minute video where you'll get to hear several respected oral and maxillofacial surgeons give an overview of the types of training and procedures involved in the specialty.

OMS Career Opportunities

Following their residency, OMSs have the opportunity to pursue fellowships or postdoctoral degree programs to further their knowledge and skills in a particular area of interest. These are not required for practice but may be beneficial to the individual OMS depending upon his/her career objectives.

Although the majority of OMSs are in private practice, the specialty offers a variety of other practice options.

Academic OMS practice offers a wide range of challenges for oral and maxillofacial surgeons, including:

  • Research and publishing opportunities. Academic OMSs are often on the cutting edge of developing new treatments and procedures.

  • Wide ranging clinical experience that offers opportunities for performing clinically challenging surgery in the academic setting.

  • Mentoring residents and fellows, and regular interaction with other faculty, administrators, and medical specialists.

Military Service
All branches of the Defense Department employ military dentists at different bases throughout the U.S. and the world. Dentists are commissioned initially for a period of two to four years, depending on the branch's specific entrance requirements. During their military service they may be eligible to obtain specialty training in one of the specialty programs sponsored by the military.

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