Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a branch of dentistry that deals with surgical procedures of the head and neck, including the mouth and teeth. The Oral and maxillofacial surgeon is trained to restore balance in your appearance—both in an aesthetic and functional way.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaw. They  have aquired extensive education and training in surgical procedures involving both the soft tissue (skin and muscle) and hard tissue (bone and cartilage) of the head and neck.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons typically complete eight years of post-graduate education—four years of dental education, followed by four or more years as a surgical resident.  During this time, residents  gain experience in  otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), plastic surgery, internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, and emergency medicine.


Online resource links

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
MyOMS.org