Oral and Maxillofacial treatment

What is the meaning of maxillofacial?

Maxillofacial means jaws and face, which combines with mouth becomes the domain/area of specialization of oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

What is oral treatment/surgery?

This is a branch of dentistry which deals in diagnosing and surgically treating injuries, diseases, defects of jaws, mouth, face etc. This also includes dental implants, removing decayed teeth, biopsy and taking of cysts as well as tumors of jaw and mouth, treating facial trauma and jaw reconstruction.

What treatment/procedures are followed by oral and maxillofacial surgeon?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform the following procedures/treatments:

How important is it to be board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery?

One should graduate from accredited school of dentistry and completed program of oral and maxillofacial surgery which is passed by ADA. It requires 13 years of training and education .ADA recognizes a board for oral and maxillofacial surgery which has the responsibility to review all the applicants that need board certification. The board also administers examinations for the certification process. There is written as well as oral examination ,and when one clears both then only he is certified as diplomate by the board. Diplomates are motivated to continue education to improve their skills.

Does the treatment require x-rays?

X-rays are always taken before the treatment begins as it gives a clear picture of the disorder in the teeth or the bones.