Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of the dentistry that is concerned with and includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of oral diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the head and neck.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete an additional four to six years of education after dental school which trains them to diagnose and manage conditions of the face, jaws, mouth, and teeth. They also have advanced training in administering general anaesthesia. Oral Surgeons treat facial injuries, perform reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, surgically correct facial and oral deformities, treat temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ or TMD), manage cysts/ tumours and infections, remove wisdom teeth, and place dental implants.
For more information about oral surgery and oral surgeons please visit the following sites:
Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons: www.caoms.com
British Association of Oral Surgeons: www.baos.org.uk
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: www.aaoms.org