Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

What Is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery contains all parts of the diagnosis and surgical care of the mouth, jaws, skull, face, head and neck. Also, it will focus on structures and their construction. What we value in this specialty is providing a comprehensive and full surgical and diagnostic service that is performed multidisciplinary to our dental clients for certain areas, including the head and neck. 

OMF is a surgical specialty demanding both medical and dental degrees. Also, all Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons must have a registrable dental qualification. Furthermore, some even see it as the bridge between medicine and dentistry. Also, it treats conditions that need expertise from both medical and dentistry backgrounds, such as head and neck cancers, facial disproportion and pain, salivary gland diseases, temporomandibular joint disorders, cysts and tumours of the jaws, impacted teeth, as well as numerous problems that affect the oral mucosa including mouth ulcers and infections. 

The Subspecialties of
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Different surgeons may choose different training for specializing in one or more of these specialized fields of Oral and Maxillofacial: 

  • Surgical treatment of head and neck cancer: Including removing the tumours and subsequent reconstruction 
  • Surgery for craniofacial facial deformity includes correcting congenital or acquired facial deformity, mainly to improve facial function. However, it can be used to overcome facial disfigurement and regain quality of life. 
  • Oral and Maxillofacial: Including the surgery of teeth (as well as implants), jaws, salivary glands, temporomandibular joints and facial skin lesions 
  • Oral medicine: Including managing and diagnosing medical conditions that present in and around the cervicofacial structures  
  • Craniofacial Trauma: Including treatment of facial hard and soft tissue injuries of the craniofacial structures. 
  • Cosmetic surgery: Including the surgery to enhance facial aesthetics and improve life’s quality 
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What’s the Difference between Oral Surgery and Maxillofacial Surgery


Basically, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the same thing. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is part of the training. But some surgeons don’t do both Oral Surgery and procedures that take place in the office. Other surgeons, however, favour procedures that are more hospital-based.

Why Is Maxillofacial Surgery Done?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery improves your jaw function and relieves your pain. Additionally, maxillofacial surgery can detect a wide range of dental problems and conditions, including: 

  • Identifying and diagnosing reasons for chronic dental pain 
  • Making the mouth ready for dental implants and prostheses 
  • Placing the implants 
  • Extracting impacted teeth 
  • Treating oral diseases which affects around 3.5 billion of people 

Also, some procedures can treat jaw problems: 

  • Bone grafting is a bone transplant from one area of the body in order to replace bone that’s missing in the jaw 
  • Jaw reconstruction to correct an abnormal bite 
  • TMJ disorders treatment which can affect the area that your lower jaw attaches to your skull 
  • Injury treatment related to trauma to your jaw, mouth, and face 

Further reasons for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: 

  • Correcting “present at birth” abnormalities, including cleft lip and palate 
  • Finding out and treating tumours, cysts, cancer and other growths in your head and neck 
  • Identifying and diagnosing reasons for chronic facial pain 
  • Facial trauma treatment, such as facial fractures or damaged oral tissue 
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Generally, your healthcare provider will refer you to a specialist if maxillofacial is right for you. Our oral surgeon will consult you to discuss your problems. First, we will ask about your symptoms, medical history, current medications and more. Secondly, our surgeons examine your oral cavity for surrounding areas. Additionally, order tests (including dental X-Rays or 3D scans) are essential to get detailed images of your structures. Lastly, we will diagnose the condition and recommend suitable surgery. 

Basically, based on the problem and procedure, your surgery varies. Some treatment methods include multiple surgeries to achieve the best result. Additionally, our surgeons are trained and will deliver anesthesia to prevent pain. The type of anesthesia will be discussed with you by your healthcare team. As for the end of the process, your surgeons might use stitches to close any surgical wound. Furthermore, sometimes your surgeon can place packing in your mouth to protect your teeth and wound. Also, it can absorb fluids like blood and pus. 

When your surgery is over, you will be taken to a room where you can wake up from the anesthesia and get better. Know that you might feel some pain once the medicine wears off. Also, bleeding, swelling, and bruises are normal; you can use your jaw and teeth. Our surgical team will explain how the surgery will go and what you need to do afterward. If you get anesthesia, you should ask someone to drive you home.

Once you go under surgery, ask for help if you experience any signs of infection or other discomforts. 

  • Unusual swelling or pain that gradually gets worse 
  • Fever 
  • Salty or bad taste in the mouth that doesn’t go away 
  • Excessive blood or pus 
  • What Are The Risks of Maxillofacial Surgery? 
  • There are risks with maxillofacial surgery, such as: 
  • Pain 
  • Bleeding 
  • Infection 
  • Injury to teeth, tongue, lips, chin, cheeks, nasal cavity, sinuses, or maxillofacial bones or tissue 
  • Dry socket 
  • Numbness and changes in sensation in areas of your face 


The ORIS Dental Clinics in Richmond Hill, Toronto, are ready to help with x-rays, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and much more. Our professional dentists are here to help you, and we will get the job done at an affordable price. Email us if you want to know more about our dentists and how they can help you. You can even call us right now to find out what you need to know. Your dentist can refer you to our clinic by filling out our secure online oral surgery referral form.

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