A general dentist does general dentistry, which can include dental cleanings, cavity restoration, crowns, denture and partial fabrication, cosmetic veneering, and simple extractions.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the specialty of dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of disease, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.
As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Patel performs surgical procedures of the mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, or face. In addition to graduating from an accredited dental school and becoming licensed, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have completed an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program. Some also have completed medical school as in the case of Dr. Patel. They have received training in other disciplines such as general surgery, plastic surgery, medicine, anesthesia and pathology. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to treat patients in the hospital, outpatient facilities, surgery centers and in private offices.