Oral and maxillofacial surgery refers to a specialized branch of medicine that is focused on treating diseases, traumatic injuries, and congenital defects in the head, neck, face, jaw, and soft tissues of the mouth. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons commonly perform corrective procedures, including:
Oral and maxillofacial specialists are surgically trained in hospital residency programs, which gives them advanced experience in diagnosing and treating a number of conditions. By studying both medicine and dentistry, these surgeons can focus on conditions that require expertise in both areas. General dentists commonly refer complex cases to trusted oral and maxillofacial specialists to ensure that their patients achieve optimal results and outcomes.