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Dr. Kennedy An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a regional specialist surgeon treating the entire craniomaxillofacial complex: anatomical area of the mouth, jaws, face, skull, as well as associated structures. Maxillofacial surgeons are usually initially qualified in dentistry and have undergone further surgical training. Some OMS residencies integrate a medical education as well and an appropriate degree medicine (MBBS or MD or equivalent) is earned, although in the United States there is legally no difference in what a dual degree OMFS can do compared to someone who earned a four year certificate. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is also universally recognized as a one of the nine specialties of dentistry. They also may choose to undergo further training in a one or two year sub-specialty fellowship training in the following areas:

  • Cosmetic facial surgery
  • Head and neck cancer - microvascular reconstruction
  • Cranio-maxillofacial trauma
  • Craniofacial surgery/Pediatric Maxillofacial surgery

The popularity of oral and maxillofacial surgery as a career for persons whose first degree was medicine, not dentistry, seems to be increasing. Integrated programs are becoming more available to medical graduates allowing them to complete the dental degree requirement in about 3 years in order for them to advance to subsequently complete Oral and Maxillofacial surgical training.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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