Oral surgery is not simply about removing teeth. Developing surgical skills is essential, since oral surgery deals with the treatment and ongoing management of irregularities and pathology of the jaw and mouth which require surgical intervention. Hours of delicate surgery are often required to remove hard and soft-tissue lesions from within the oral cavity. This might include, for example, biopsies or cyst enucleation.
Collaboration with colleagues from all dental and medical specialties ensures providing holistic care for patients. There are opportunities to join your maxillofacial colleagues to learn more about the often challenging realities of trauma, craniofacial and oncology management.
When pursuing an oral surgery career there is the inevitable additional study and exams to encompass all that the field entails. A career pathway for a BDS graduate to become a hospital consultant in oral surgery:
- DCT (formally DF2)
- StR (Oral Surgery)
Alternatively, instead of pursuing a life-long career as a hospital consultant, a DCT training post may provide a very worthwhile and beneficial opportunity to enhance your confidence in surgery, learning valuable skills which you can then take out into the practice environment.
There are also abundant postgraduate taught and research opportunities to help you improve and develop your understanding of the field. You may wish to pursue a certificate, diploma, MSc or even a PhD in oral surgery and follow an academic pathway and teach.