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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects. May diagnose problems of the oral and maxillofacial regions. May perform surgery to improve function or appearance.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Administer general and local anesthetics.
    • Collaborate with other professionals, such as restorative dentists and orthodontists, to plan treatment.
    • Evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth to determine whether problems exist currently or might occur in the future.
    • Perform surgery to prepare the mouth for dental implants, and to aid in the regeneration of deficient bone and gum tissues.
    • Remove impacted, damaged, and non-restorable teeth.
    • Treat infections of the oral cavity, salivary glands, jaws, and neck.
    • Remove tumors and other abnormal growths of the oral and facial regions, using surgical instruments.
    • Provide emergency treatment of facial injuries including facial lacerations, intra-oral lacerations, and fractured facial bones.
    • Treat problems affecting the oral mucosa, such as mouth ulcers and infections.
    • Restore form and function by moving skin, bone, nerves, and other tissues from other parts of the body to reconstruct the jaws and face.
    • Perform surgery on the mouth and jaws to treat conditions, such as cleft lip and palate and jaw growth problems.
    • Perform minor cosmetic procedures, such as chin and cheekbone enhancements.
    • Perform minor facial rejuvenation procedures, including the use of Botox and laser technology.
    • Treat snoring problems, using laser surgery.

    Skills

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 208,000+/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 100+/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

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    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Periodontal knives
    • Dental scissors
    • Dental forceps
    • Dental elevators
    • Dental cutting or separating discs

    Technology

    • Medical software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Development environment software
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