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What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery? 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specialists trained to recognize and treat a wide array of diseases, injuries, and defects in the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region, including teeth, as well as the head, neck, face, and jaws. They are also trained to administer anesthesia and provide care in an office setting.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are oral surgeons, but the additional training they have undergone allows them to address more complex dental and medical issues. After acquiring a dental and medical degree, an oral and maxillofacial trainee must also complete resident surgical training for four to six years. Many pursue fellowships in specific areas such as craniofacial trauma or cosmetic facial surgery. 

Below are examples of both oral surgery and maxillofacial surgery.

When You May Need Oral Surgery

Oral surgeons treat conditions that are confined within the mouth such as:

  • Impacted teeth removal
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Improve fit of dentures
  • Dental implants and bone grafting
  • Gum graft

When You May Need Maxillofacial Surgery

Maxillofacial surgery may be necessary if a patient requires advanced treatment beyond the mouth such as:

  • Oral Cancer
  • Reconstructive Jaw Surgery
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) 
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea Surgery


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