Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is recognized by dental professionals worldwide as one of the nine specialties in dentistry.  Practitioners of this type of dentistry are commonly referred to as oral surgeons, and they focus on the diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases, injuries, and issues related to the face, head, neck, mouth, jaw, teeth, and hard and soft tissues of the mouth.  A maxillofacial (oral) surgeon is initially trained in dentistry, and then undergoes continuing education and training in this specialty.

Patients who suffer from functional dental concerns, oral disease, and traumatic injuries are often referred to a maxillofacial surgeon by their general dentist.  Oral surgeons also work closely with restorative dentists in the preparation of the jaw for dental implants, by surgically inserting the metal screws into the jaw that will act as artificial tooth roots.  In many cases, maxillofacial surgeons also work closely with cosmetic dentists or with plastic surgeons to ensure an esthetically-pleasing result.

Here are some of the most common functions and skills of a maxillofacial (oral) surgeon:

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