Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery focuses on surgery for diseases of the mouth, jaw & face. Maxillofacial surgeon is specialized in surgery of the facial region. They are specialists in diagnosis & treatment of a broad range of disorders affecting the facial complex and skeleton, including the jaws and oral cavity (eg. impacted teeth, dental implants), jaw and congenital facial disproportion, facial trauma, oral cancer, salivary gland disease, joint disorders, cysts & tumors of the jaws).
Maxillofacial surgeons require skills in dentistry, general medicine & surgery. Oral & maxillofacial surgery is widely recognized as one of the specialties of dentistry.
These maxilla surgeons can a solid foundation for cosmetic & restorative dental work, including placement of dental implants, the system of tooth replacement preferred by many patients. Depending on the condition, bone grafting procedures of the jaw may be required for proper placement of jaw implants. When dentures are chosen in tooth replacement method, oral surgeons can reshape alveolar (jaw) bone, to ensure a comfortable fit in the mouth.
A range of maxillofacial surgical operations are performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia or conscious sedation includes:
- Pre-implant surgery placement of dental/facial implants
- Removal of impacted teeth
- Intra-oral and facial soft tissue surgeries
- Cosmetic facial surgery
- Cranio-maxillofacial trauma
- Craniofacial surgery/pediatric maxillofacial surgery/cleft surgery
Maxillofacial surgeons often work in other medical specialities as ENT surgeons, clinical oncologists, plastic surgeons, restorative dentists, orthodontists, radiologists and neurosurgeons.