Justin Seaman, DDS, MD
Justin Seaman, DDS, MD
106 West Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
Board Certified Dual Degree Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Justin Seaman was born and raised in Wisconsin. While obtaining his BA at Lawrence University, he was also selected as captain of the university’s Division III football and wrestling teams. After graduating with honors he went on to New York University-College of Dentistry. During his education at NYU, he was elected student council president and asked to serve on the dean selection committee. While at NYU College of Dentistry, Justin was fortunate to help on dental outreach trips to Jamaica and Nicaragua, which is where the love for oral surgery was born. Dr. Seaman then received training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, during which time he received his MD in 2012 and certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery in 2014. As part of his training, he was privileged to work closely with many talented and well-known doctors, such as Dr. Red Duke. After graduating Justin returned to Memorial Hermann Hospital in TMC and served as a clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery from 2017 to 2019.
Dr. Seaman has provided care for many patients throughout the Houston and Austin areas. He is very experienced in the care of ‘special needs’ patients after working for many years with a dentist focused on treating children and adults with cognitive issues.
He has also spent several years working part-time at ClearChoice performing full mouth restorations (All-in-Four) and giving his patients a reason to smile again. Once to twice a month, Dr. Seaman will also volunteer in a faith-based free clinic, helping those without the resources to treat their painful circumstances.
Regardless of the clinical setting, Dr. Seaman’s personal goal has remained consistent; treat every patient as if they were a family member.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a doctor specialized in treating patients requiring surgical treatment of issues in the face, head, neck, or jaws of patients. Some of the most common problems treated by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon include dental implant surgeries, removal of wisdom teeth, correcting problems with a patient’s bite (misaligned jaws), and removal of oral tumors and cysts.
This type of surgeon goes through up to 15 years of medical and dental education and training to become licensed.
While it is not necessary to have a referral to see an oral surgeon, it can be beneficial to have one. If your primary dentist identifies a problem, the oral surgeon can provide a “second opinion” during an exam. Another reason to seek a referral from your dentist or primary physician is that many insurance companies require it. Your insurance company might not consider a procedure to be “medically necessary” — and therefore will not cover the procedure — unless you have a referral.
Not all oral surgeons are medical doctors and board-certified. They must graduate from an accredited dental school before they can become licensed to practice in their home state.
Board certification means an oral surgeon has completed additional training above and beyond the basic requirements of their profession. It means they have been trained, tested, and evaluated by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and have up-to-date proficiency in the latest medical advances, often in a subspecialty of the field.
Oral surgeons can perform procedures that range from simple tooth extraction to a more invasive surgical procedure that requires anesthesia and significant recovery time. More complex procedures that can be performed by an oral surgeon include jaw surgery, reconstructive surgery to the jaw or facial bones following a traumatic injury, or facial cosmetic surgeries.
Common dental procedures performed by an oral surgeon can include wisdom tooth extraction, removal of impacted teeth in preparation for orthodontic treatment, and removal of oral tumors or cysts.
From severe tooth decay and impacted wisdom teeth to dental implants for replacing missing teeth, there are several reasons why you might need to have oral surgery done. Tooth extractions, dental implants, and other types of dental work require invasive procedures that come with certain risks. These risks can include infections, bleeding, and damage to tissue in the surrounding area. When you have these procedures done as safely as possible, these risks are minimal.
Your dentist might provide you with referrals for oral surgery to ensure that you have an invasive procedure done with expert care. This helps ensure that the procedure is done properly so that the risks are minimized. Keep in mind that dentists sometimes provide oral surgeon referrals when patients are nervous and need dental sedation. An oral surgeon with the right training can provide sedation services to help you feel more relaxed while you have dental work or dental procedures done.
Why should you use oral surgeon referrals instead of just having your dentist handle an invasive procedure? While some general dentists and even some doctors do offer these services, it’s best to see a qualified oral surgeon. General dentists and doctors do not have the extensive training and experience that oral surgeons have.
Oral surgeons specialize in invasive dental procedures, such as dental implant surgery, wisdom teeth removal, and bone grafting. These surgeons gain experience through residency programs that last for at least four years. Many also become Board Certified and go on to complete graduate degree programs for more specialized training.