What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a specialty that combines dental, medical, and surgical knowledge and skills. It involves the diagnosis, surgery and treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving the mouth, gums, teeth and jaws – including how they function and how they look.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons undergo continuous study for 12 to 14 years and hold Degrees in general dentistry and surgical medicine, as well as a Masters degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. They may hold further Masters degrees dependent on their interest or specialty, such as paediatric maxillofacial surgery or surgical anatomy.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are registered specialists with the Dental Board of Australia and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons upon successfully completing their final specialty examinations (FRACDS). Always check the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website to check the registration of a specialist.
What does a specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon do?
You will be referred to see an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon if your general dentist or another specialist practitioner believes you could benefit from their advanced knowledge and care.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are specifically trained to diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of oral diseases, trauma and conditions such as:
- Extracting impacted teeth and wisdom teeth
- Replacing teeth with dental implants
- Alignment of the jaw with orthognathic surgery
- Repairing of jaw joints with TMJ surgery
- Facial and jaw reconstruction following cancer surgery
- Realignment of facial bones after a facial trauma
- Diagnosis and removal of jaw, oral or facial cysts and associated reconstruction of the area
- Consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for a smile makeover or dental implants.
Why see a Smile Solutions Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
Smile Solutions’ registered specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are Dr Patrishia Bordbar and Dr Ricky Kumar. Smile Solutions Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are highly experienced in their fields, performing extensive surgery and actively undertaking and reporting research.
Dr Bordbar and Dr Kumar take an holistic approach to dental care and work in closely with our team of general dentists, specialists, technicians and other health professionals to provide the utmost care and develop solutions for your individual dental needs.
Remember: if you are seeking cosmetic or reconstructive dental work, you should do research before making a decision in order to ensure proper care.