Dr. Justin Seaman DDS, MD
About Dr. Seaman
Dr. Justin Seaman obtained his BA at Lawrence University, where he was captain of the University’s Division III football and wrestling teams. He graduated with honors from Lawrence and continued his education at New York University, College of Dentistry, where he became student council president and served on the dean selection committee. His education also offered him opportunities to help on dental outreach trips to Jamaica and Nicaragua, where his love for oral surgery blossomed.
His passion led him to train in oral and Maxillofacial surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. There he completed his MD in 2012 and received a certificate in oral and Maxillofacial surgery in 2014. During his training, he worked closely with various talented and well-known doctors, including Dr. Red Duke.
From 2017 to 2019, Dr. Seaman returned to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Texas Medical Center as a clinical oral and Maxillofacial surgery assistant professor. He cared for many patients throughout the Houston and Austin areas. His experience treating children and adults with cognitive issues makes him an expert in special needs patients’ care.
Additionally, he spent several years working with ClearChoice performing full mouth restorations (All-on-4). And once to twice a month, he volunteers in a faith-based free clinic, helping treat people without the resources to get the oral surgery they need, so they can live pain-free. His goal is to treat every patient as if they were a member of the family.
D.D.S: New York University, College of Dentistry
MD: Maxillofacial Surgery University of Texas Health Science Center
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant Professor at Memorial Hermann Hospital
ClearChoice Dental: Performing full mouth restorations (All-on-4)
What Is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
Maxillofacial relates to the face and jaws. Oral Maxillofacial surgeons specialize in the Maxillofacial, including the bones and connective tissues in the forehead, cheekbones, face, jaws, and the surrounding soft tissues. They perform minor surgery such as teeth extractions and dental implants and more intensive procedures to address injuries from accidents or malformations resulting from congenital disabilities. It requires up to 15 years of medical and dental education and training to become a licensed oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. These specialized surgeons gain experience through residency programs that last for at least four years concentrating on the study of surgical treatment for issues involving a patient’s face, head, neck, or jaws.
Are All Oral Surgeons Medical Doctors?
Not all oral surgeons are board-certified medical doctors. But they must graduate from an accredited dental school to practice. If an oral surgeon has board certification, they completed additional training beyond the basic requirements. They trained, tested, and received an evaluation by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for up-to-date proficiency in the latest medical advances. Many certified oral surgeons also have a subspecialty.
Why Would You Need Oral Surgery
If your dentist recommends Maxillofacial surgery, it could be because of disease, injuries, or misalignment in your jaws. There are various reasons to have oral surgery, from severe tooth decay and impacted wisdom teeth to dental implants for replacing missing teeth. Some of the most common reasons to see an oral surgeon include dental implant surgeries, removing wisdom teeth, or removing oral tumors and cysts. Another reason to see an oral surgeon is for corrective jaw or reconstructive surgery to correct issues with a patient’s bite. People with an overbite or underbite often have trouble chewing and swallowing. They may also have apnea. An oral surgeon has the training to fix those kinds of issues.
What Are Oral Surgery Procedures?
Dental implants require a surgical procedure. Oral surgeons perform procedures ranging from simple tooth extraction to more invasive surgical procedures requiring anesthesia and significant recovery time, such as jaw surgery, reconstructive surgery, and various cosmetic surgeries. Additionally, an oral surgeon can take care of wisdom tooth extractions, remove impacted teeth, and extract oral tumors or cysts. Many oral surgeons treat various cancers in the throat, mouth, glands, and sinuses, to name a few. They also conduct nerve repair and do cleft palate surgery. Depending on the procedure, you could go home the same day or spend a few days in the hospital.
What Are the Benefits of Oral Surgery?
While general dentists and some doctors offer oral surgery procedures, they don’t have the extensive training and experience of an oral surgeon. Many types of dental work require invasive procedures that come with certain risks, including infections, bleeding, and damage to surrounding tissue. Oral surgery minimizes risks and emphasizes patient’s well-being and safety. For example, jaw surgery may mean realignment or reconstruction, and only has the proper training. After the procedure, the patient will have a correctly aligned lower and upper jaw.
Do I Need a Referral to Get Oral Surgery?
It’s unnecessary to have a referral to see an oral surgeon. However, it can be beneficial. Usually, your primary dentist or medical doctor discovers the issue and then asks the oral surgeon for a second opinion. What’s more, many insurance companies require a referral from your primary physician before considering the procedure to be medically necessary. Also, keep in mind that dentists sometimes refer patients to oral surgeons because the patient is nervous. They need dental sedation to help them feel more relaxed during the procedure and a Maxillofacial surgeon has the training to help.