What is Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the surgical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

Consultant specialists working in this area are variously termed oral surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons or oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

The specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery is unique in requiring a dual qualification in medicine and dentistry. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons work in multi-disciplinary teams alongside other specialists including:

  • orthodontists
  • oncologists
  • ear, nose and throat surgeons
  • neurosurgeons
  • plastic surgeons