Dr. Leonard Spector, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, explains his extensive training and experience and offers advice to those who need oral surgery procedures.
I have been in private practice as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for 32 years. My training involved four years of college followed by four years of dental school. I graduated second in my class from the University of Maryland Dental School in 1981.
After dental school, I completed a three-year accredited advanced dental education program in oral and maxillofacial surgery in a residency program at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.
My training involved a very strong background in general anesthesia, placement of dental implants, orthognathic surgery, and dentoalveolar surgery. I think many patients would be surprised to know that as a dentist training to become an oral surgeon my hospital-based program included rotations in cardiology, internal medicine, as well as rotations to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and advanced trauma training.
This great breadth of training gave me the skills necessary not only to perform procedures in my specialty but also to treat many patients who are medically compromised and referred to my office.
I started my private practice 32 years ago in the Baltimore area, specifically in the Towson, Maryland area in 1984.
One of my specific areas of interest in the practice is dental implants. My team and I do very advanced cases of dental implant surgery in our office for the convenience of the patient. This includes everything from replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant to replacing an entire arch of teeth or even both arches with dental implants.
Another professional interest is day-to-day dentoalveolar surgery, which involves procedures such as extracting teeth when necessary, including the extraction of third molars–sometimes called “wisdom teeth”–when this procedure is indicated.
My advice to all patients who need oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures is to seek out a specialist in this highly complex field, ask about training and qualifications, and do not hesitate to ask the doctor questions before treatment begins. We are very open with our patients and we find that this approach creates trust and sets the stage for a very good experience.
Dr. Leonard Spector