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The Oral Surgeon and the Dentist: What’s the Difference?

added on: April 13, 2021
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Do you have a tooth or teeth that are causing you pain? Is there something off about your bite that’s keeping you up at night? Do you need someone to take a look at your mouth, but you’re unsure where to turn or who to speak with?

Patients like you have so many options to choose from when it comes to finding an oral surgeon in Philadelphia, Montgomery County and Bucks County. It helps to understand how The Oral Surgery Group is different than going to a general dentist and how we can help you.

Education and Experience

In terms of education, one of the biggest similarities between Philadelphia oral surgeons and dentists is that they both must complete dental school, post bachelor’s degree. Do you know how long they are to attend dental school? Four years. Coursework generally takes most students four years to complete and they learn about oral health and:

  • Surgical techniques
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Anatomy

Once you’re awarded your DMD (Doctor of Dental of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree, there’s a time where all new general dentists must obtain a license to practice lawfully in their respective states. However, the educational requirements don’t end here for oral surgeons. They must go on to complete a residency, usually taking four to six years to complete.

What is a Residency?

Oral surgeons must work tirelessly through their oral surgery residency to gain experience, accuracy and skill. Their residency must be accepted by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. They are required to receive very specific training related to:

  • Oral pathology
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgical solutions

What comes next is extremely important to every Philadelphia oral surgeon and that’s earning their Board Certification. Drs. Sock, Daly, Dachowski and Holewa have shown extreme dedication to their patients and their profession by committing their time and efforts to this level of expertise.

Techniques and Treatments

The Oral Surgery Group has a team of extremely skilled doctors, highly specialized training lends to a more advanced toolbox they use to treat and heal issues with your mouth, jaw, and face. We often see patients who are referred, or who come unreferred, to The Oral Surgery Group by their general dentist for more complex dental work.

Reasons you may need an oral surgeon:

  • Simple or complex tooth extractions
  • Wisdom tooth diagnosis and removal
  • Reconstructive treatment post-trauma
  • Dental implant placement and restoration
  • TMJ and sleep apnea treatment

As the leading Philadelphia, Bucks County, and Montgomery County, oral surgeons, you and your health are our primary focus. We continue to improve ourselves and our technology to benefit you; our entire team is composed of the best, hospital-centric surgeons serving all of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. Dr. Sock, Dr. Daly, Dr. Dachowski and Dr. Holewa are nationally recognized experts in minimally-invasive dental implant placement using the latest technology.

In addition to Dr. Dachowski’s 30 plus years of oral surgery experience, Dr. Sock, Dr. Daly and Dr. Holewa all have their medical and dental degrees, providing patients with an unprecedented level of dental health care at all of our convenient locations, including:

Meadowbrook  –  The Oral Surgery Group at Holy Redeemer Hospital

Doylestown  – The Oral Surgery Group at Doylestown Hospital

Philadelphia  – The Oral Surgery Group in NE Philadelphia

Langhorne  – The Oral Surgery Group at St. Mary Medical Center

If you would like to speak with someone at The Oral Surgery Group, please call us at (215) 938-7860. We’re happy to answer your questions and schedule an appointment at your convenience.


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