Oral and Maxillofacial (OMFS) surgery is the specialty of dentistry that includes the diagnosis and the surgical and adjunctive treatment of disorders, diseases, injuries and defects that involve the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions and structures.
Following dental school, oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete 5 years of intensive training in a hospital-based surgical residency program. At the conclusion of this program, they are well prepared to:
- Manage diseases of the teeth and their supporting soft and hard tissues
- Surgically reconstruct inadequate bone structure in the jaws
- Surgically place dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Treat head trauma and injuries to the face, jaws, mouth and teeth
- Perform corrective jaw surgery to improve the function and appearance of patients with misaligned jaws