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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What does maxillofacial mean?

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    Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dental practice that deals with the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries and defects of the mouth, jaws, face and related structures. This includes the removal of impacted and decayed teeth, placement of dental implants, biopsy and removal of cysts and tumors of the mouth and jaws, treatment of facial trauma and reconstructive jaw surgery.
    Maxillofacial refers to the face and jaws, which along with the mouth comprise the areas of expertise of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

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    Strictly speaking it means the part of the face between the eyes and the upper teeth. In fact it generally refers to that part of the head that is not above the eyes and inside the skull. A maxillofacial surgeon may deal with abnormalities and injuries of the maxillofacial complex including the muscles controlling movement of the lower jaw, and this is a very wide spread area even down into the upper neck of a patient. Nowadays in order to be a Maxillo-Facial Specialist the clinician must have training as both a doctor and a dentist and additional specialist training with an experienced MaxilloFacial team in a hospital  

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