An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is a specialist surgeon treating the entire craniomaxillofacial complex (area of the mouth, jaws, face, and skull) and the associated structures. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are qualified in dentistry and have undergone further surgical training.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons may choose to specialise in one or more the following areas:
- head and neck cancer
- cosmetic facial surgery
- craniofacial surgery
- pediatric maxillofacial surgery
- cranio-maxillofacial trauma
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons remove diseased and impacted teeth, and also provide safe and effective anesthesia services including intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons work closely with restorative dentists, assist in planning and placing of implants to replace missing teeth, reconstruct bone and modify gum tissue around the implants when required. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons treat facial injuries repairing facial skin lacerations, setting fractured jaw and facial bones, connecting severed nerves and ducts, and treating other injuries.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons correct jaw, facial bone and soft tissue damage resulting from trauma or disease. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons perform correction of dento-facial deformities and birth defects such as reconstructing and realigning the upper and lower jaws to improved biting function and appearance.
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