Maxillofacial & Oral Surgeons (MFOS) specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.
Maxillofacial Surgeons typically complete twelve years of education –an undergraduate Bachelor degree in Dental Surgery , a Postgraduate Diploma in Oral Surgery (equivalent to a Honours degree) , and finally a Master’s degree residency in Maxillofacial Surgery. During this time training to manage Maxillofacial related conditions, residents typically gain additional experience in such fields as Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), Plastic Surgery, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care.
MFO Surgery is seen as the bridge between medicine and dentistry, treating conditions that require expertise from both backgrounds such as Head and Neck Cancers, Salivary gland diseases, Facial disproportion, Facial pain, Temporomandibular joint disorders, Impacted teeth, Cysts and Tumours of the jaws as well as numerous problems affecting the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and infections. Many MFO surgeons focus on one of these areas to develop a sub-specialist interest within the scope of the wider specialty.