Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the surgical speciality concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.
The speciality of oral and maxillofacial surgery is unique requiring a dual qualification in medicine and dentistry and is a recognised international speciality which within Europe is defined under the medical directives.
The scope of the speciality is extensive and includes the diagnosis and management of facial injuries, head and neck cancers, salivary gland diseases, facial disproportion, facial pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, impacted teeth, cysts and tumours of the jaws as well as numerous problems affecting the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and infections.
Oral and maxillfacial surgery is one of the smaller surgical specialities but none of the less plays a vital role in providing health care to a vast range of conditions presenting in the anatomical region of the head and neck.
The scope of the speciality is very large with important linkages with many other disciplines in medicine and dentistry.