Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions.
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The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surery is recognized by the American Dental Association as the specialty board for oral and maxillofacial surgery. In order to become board certified, a surgeon must complete an intensive application and examination process. All applications for board certification are reviewed by the Board's credentials committee.| back to top |
The AAOMS also has a great general patient information page on oral and maxillofacial surgery.Cosmetic maxillofacial surgery
Cosmetic (aesthetic) surgery is used to repair physical malformations resulting from disease, injury, burns, birth defects, or aging. It may also serve to restore normal function and improve individual appearance. Cosmetic surgery can be performed using a variety of techniques, and several different procedures are available to correct specific conditions.Because of their surgical and dental background, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified in the treatment of face, mouth, and jaws. Extensive education and training in surgical procedures involving both the soft tissue (skin and muscle) and hard tissue (bone and cartilage) of the maxillofacial area make the oral and maxillofacial surgeon finely attuned to the importance of harmony between facial appearance and function.
Department of oral and maxillofacial surgery
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry