Facial Reconstruction, Jaw Correction, Tissue Grafts
Maxillofacial surgery corrects major issues that affect the head, face, neck, jaws and hard and soft tissues of the oral region. Some of these issues include: protruding chins, buck teeth, severe misalignments, improperly aligned jaw, and bone or tissue grafts.
Maxillofacial surgeons are trained to fix cleft palates, reconstruct head and face trauma, complete cosmetic facial surgery, and treat head and neck cancer with micro-vascular reconstruction. Maxillofacial surgery may also include placing dental implants, removing impacted wisdom teeth, treating sleep apnea, and correcting problems created by temporomandibular joint disorders.
Maxillofacial surgery is recognized as one of the nine specialties in dentistry in the United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Brazil–and many maxillofacial surgeons have degrees in dentistry and in medicine. In America, dentists who specialize in maxillofacial dentistry must spend at least four years training in an American Dental Association-accredited hospital residency program.