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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

What is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the mouth, jaws, the face and the neck. This discipline can be considered a combination of dentistry and medicine, with the majority of specialists being dual qualified in both dentistry and Maxillofacial surgery.

When to see an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Conditions of the mouth, jaw, face and neck may require the attention of a maxillary facial surgeon to correct any deformity. Common conditions treated by Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons include elements related to head and neck cancers. Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons also conduct a number of procedures including the reconstruction of maxillary facial trauma and jaw correction surgery.

Information on sub-specialties

  • General Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery- OMFS specialists have both a medical and dental degree. They correct congenital or acquired deformity of defects of the head, neck, face, jaw and mouth.

  • Craniofacial Trauma- This is a subspecialty of Maxillofacial and plastic surgery that corrects deformity of the head, neck and face which is a result of trauma.

  • Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery- This is a subspecialty of Maxillofacial and cosmetic surgery that corrects deformity of the head, neck and face which is a result of trauma or congenital abnormalities or enhances appearance for cosmetic reasons.

  • Head & Neck Cancer- Head and neck cancer specialist perform surgery to remove cancers in the mouth, nasal cavity, throat or face. They work in conjunction with Oncologists.

  • Craniofacial surgery

  • Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

Common procedures performed by an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Disclaimer

This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Doctify Limited has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but makes no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. In the event of an emergency, please call 999 for immediate assistance.

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