Oral and maxillofacial surgery is surgery to correct a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.
As well as being one of the disciplines in dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgeons also specialise in:
- Head and neck cancer – microvascular reconstruction
- Cosmetic facial surgery
- Craniofacial surgery/pediatric maxillofacial surgery/cleft surgery
- Cranio-maxillofacial trauma
- Head and neck reconstruction (plastic surgery of the head and neck region)
- Maxillofacial regeneration (reformation of the facial region by advanced stem cell technique)
Oral surgery is a procedure that may be used to remove wisdom teeth and impacted teeth, insert dental implants, correct and repair jaw, facial and craniofacial deformities like cleft lip and cleft palate, apply orthodontic techniques and treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, snoring and sleep apnoea.
Oral surgeons require a training pathway of at least 5 years post graduation after a formal qualification in dentistry. Specialists hold higher qualifications and have a wide range of experience. Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons have both medical and dental qualifications.
The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) represent all dental surgeons with a special interest in oral surgery and surgical dentistry.
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