What is Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery?
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is an important internationally recognised surgical specialty. It involves a very wide range of different procedures, with a scope covering every aspect of the surgical and non-surgical management of conditions in the hard and soft tissues of the face, jaws and neck. Oral Surgery is different, confined to surgery inside the mouth itself.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are actually dental specialists who treat conditions, defects, injuries and all aesthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws, neck, skull and the entire face. Depending on the country they practice in, oral maxillofacial surgeons might need to train in dentistry, surgery and general medicine.
What procedures can you find at a Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery clinic?
- Dento-alveolar surgery
- Nasal cell carcinoma
- Craniofacial surgery
- Cancer of the skull base
- Injuries to the skull base
- Facial cancer surgery
- Skin cancer surgery
- Surgery for facial injuries
- Facial cosmetic surgery
- Jaw joint surgery
- salivary gland surgery
- Surgery for cleft lips, palates and other congenital disorders
- surgery for skin lesions on the head and neck
- Removal of benign and malignant head and neck tumours
- Removal of impacted teeth, buried dental roots, jaw tumours and jaw cysts
- Reconstructive surgery
What should you expect at a Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery clinic?
At your first appointment you will be introduced to your oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who will explain clearly why you’ve been referred. They’ll ask you about your medical history, examine any paperwork and test results, and talk about your condition and symptoms before examining the area that needs treatment. Once your surgeon has analysed everything they’ll outline a treatment plan tailored to your needs and confirm whether you want to go ahead.