Oral Maxillofacia Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial (OMF) Surgeons specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.
OMF surgery is unique in requiring a dual qualification in medicine and dentistry, and is often seen as the bridge between medicine and dentistry, treating conditions that require expertise from both backgrounds such as head and neck cancers, salivary gland diseases, facial disproportion, facial pain, temporomandibular joint disorders, impacted teeth, cysts and tumours of the jaws as well as numerous problems affecting the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and infections Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS) are trained to treat and care for patients who experience such conditions as problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, offer reconstructive and dental implant surgery, and care for patients with tumors, cysts, and developmental craniofacial abnormalities of the jaws/ face and functional and aesthetic conditions of the maxillofacial areas.

The scope of this specialty is extensive and concerns the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the oral (mouth) and maxillofacial (face and neck) regions, including the following:
• Preprosthetic surgery (bone augmentation).
• Oral and dentoalveolar surgery (removal of impacted and buried teeth, cysts, etc.)
• Dental implant surgery and associated bone grafting
• Orthognathic surgery (dentofacial deformities)
• Facial trauma surgery (facial bone fractures and related soft tissue injuries).
• Reconstructive surgery of the face.
• Cleft lip and palate surgery.
• Congenital craniofacial deformities.
• Facial plastic surgery (rhinoplasty, rhytidectomy, blepharoplasty, facial implants, etc.).
• Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD).
• Snoring and sleep apnea correction surgery.
• Tumor/Cancer surgery.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons frequently work alongside other specialists including dentists, orthodontists, prosthodontists, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists, ENT surgeons, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and other medical professionals.