Why Choose a Board Certified Oral Surgeon?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery requires multiple years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Puckett manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. Dr. Puckett practices the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery to removal of wisdom teeth to reconstructive jaw surgery, which includes techniques designed to rebuild bone and soft tissue structures. Wilmington Oral Surgery can diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and fractures, and utilizes 3-D digital CT and Biolase laser technology to provide exemplary care of patients from 2 days old to 102 years old.

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) is the certifying board for the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the United States. It is recognized and approved by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association. The mission of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is to assure the public of safe and optimal care through the development and maintenance of high standards of certification and re-certification of Diplomates in the specialty. To this end, the ABOMS establishes criteria for competence and knowledge that determines the standards of care to safely practice the specialty. Dr. Puckett demonstrated achievement of this extensive training, experience and knowledge and was granted board certification, indicated by title Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

In order to become Board Certified, Dr. Puckett completed a rigorous application and examination process that extends over several years. Verifiable evidence of educational and training qualifications, as well as experience was required. The process of board certification requires passing both a thorough written qualifying examination and an intense oral certifying examination.

The ABOMS strongly encourages its Diplomates to continue their professional development through various educational experiences. As a Diplomate of the ABOMS, Dr. Puckett maintains his excellent level of care through ongoing professional education that includes national meetings, seminars and lectures.

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