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Get to Know Your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Porchia James

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly trained specialists who diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions and injuries affecting the head, neck, mouth, jaw, and face. They may perform procedures as simple as wisdom teeth removal or as complex as reconstructive surgery after a facial injury.

If you are considering seeing an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, it is important to understand what they do and how they can help you. Here is a brief overview of their training and expertise:

Education and Training

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete a rigorous education and training program. They must first earn a bachelor's degree, followed by four years of dental school. After dental school, they complete a four to six-year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery. During their residency, they train alongside medical residents in a variety of specialties, including anesthesia. This gives them the skills and knowledge to safely perform surgery under a variety of anesthetic conditions.

Scope of Practice

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform a wide range of procedures, including:

  • Wisdom teeth removal

  • Dental implants

  • Complex tooth extractions

  • Cleft lip and palate surgery

  • Craniofacial surgery

  • Facial cosmetic surgery

  • Dentoalveolar surgery

  • TMJ surgery

  • Obstructive sleep apnea surgery

  • Surgery after facial injuries or trauma

  • Head, neck, and oral pathology surgery

  • Surgery related to orthodontic needs

Why Choose an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

There are many reasons to choose an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for your dental or facial surgery needs. First, they have the most extensive training and experience in these areas. Second, they are able to perform a wide range of procedures, from simple to complex. Third, they have the skills and knowledge to provide safe and effective care under a variety of anesthetic conditions.

If you are considering oral or facial surgery, be sure to schedule a consultation with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. They can discuss your specific needs and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. To learn more about Dr. Porchia James, a highly skilled and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Texas, please visit her website at

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