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Main Differences Between Maxillofacial Surgery And Oral Surgery You Need to Know


Posted on 11/8/2021 by Ankur Johri
Main Differences Between Maxillofacial Surgery And Oral Surgery You Need to KnowOral and maxillofacial surgery is a specialty related to medicine and dentistry. Not everyone that goes to our offices will need surgery as a treatment. Even so, you might need this kind of surgery if you experience issues associated with your teeth, jaw, face, mouth, or neck, where the only possible solution is surgery. However, and even when people use oral and maxillofacial surgery terms interchangeably, they are different. Here are some of the main differences between these two.

Are There Any Differences Between Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?


There are some differences, but for the most part, they are similar. For example, all maxillofacial surgeons are oral surgeons at the same time. They can perform all the procedures an oral surgeon usually does, like tooth extraction, root canals, and dental implants. It still falls under the definition of oral surgery but more specifically to the inside of the oral cavity.

However, that is not their primary specialty. Maxillofacial surgeons have different knowledge that allows them to perform surgery outside the oral cavity, and if they want to, they can specialize even more. Some procedures a maxillofacial surgeon can make include facial trauma surgery and reconstructive surgery. Some others are head and neck surgery, cosmetic facial surgery, and craniofacial surgery. On the other hand, an oral surgeon will not do these procedures. That is mainly because these jobs are the responsibility of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

It does not mean the maxillofacial surgeon is more trained than the oral surgeon but more as they specialize in different types of surgery. Depending on your issue, you will need a consultation with one of our surgeons. Contact us for an appointment today to know more differences between oral and maxillofacial surgery.



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