Oral and maxillofacial radiology is a type of speciality of dentistry that focuses on the production and interpretation of diagnostic imaging used to examine the craniofacial and dental structures. In simpler terms, it’s the speciality of taking X-rays, CT or MRI scans and then looking at those images to determine a diagnosis and overall care plan for someone’s oral health.
Oral and maxillofacial radiology is one of nine dental specialities recognized by the American Dental Association, and it takes a lot of work to become an Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist. First, one must complete a dental degree and then apply for and complete a postgraduate course of training, which is usually between 2-4 years in length. They will be trained on all aspects of radiation physics, radiation biology, radiation safety, patho-physiology of disease, the interpretation of diagnostic images and the implementation of a dental care plan based on those radiographic images. Once complete, they must pass the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology examination.
Practicing Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
For more information about how you can become an oral and maxillofacial radiologist, check out this link which lays out your path to passing your boards. Oral and maxillofacial radiologists are in high demand as dental care continues to be a growing field both in the United States and abroad.
Interpretation and implementation of a care plan based on radiographic information is one of the most important aspects of an OMFR’s job. Working in close proximity with the dental team, the OMFR will perform the radiographic imaging and analyze the results to see what the patient is dealing with and how they would be best served. By catching problems before the get bigger, or by spotting areas of concern, an oral and maxillofacial radiologist can help ensure patients have healthy smiles for decades.
To learn more about oral and maxillofacial radiology or how the practice is implemented each day at our office, reach out to Dr. Brooks’ office today.