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    What is the difference between a Dentist vs Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

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    Jaffar Dental - Trusted and Established since 1997. We are a family owned General Dental Practice offering a friendly and caring environment in Waterford QLD. … View Profile

    Dentists carry out fillings and simple extractions. Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons carry out any extensive required surgery to the head and neck area, often under general anaesthetic. They often remove difficult wisdom teeth.

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    Principal dentist of Newington Dental Care. Previous teaching staff for the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney. Special interest in dental anxiety management and orthodontics. … View Profile

    The main difference is the training. Dr. Jaffar is right in saying the types of treatment each one would generally undertake.

    Dentists have to complete a university degree and training that allows them to perform general dental treatment including minor surgical procedures to the teeth and it's supporting structures.

    Oral & Maxillo-facial surgeons (OMFS) as well as having completed dental degree and training, they also complete medical degree and training, AND specialty training in the field of OMFS. This extensive training allows them to be able to carryout more complicated surgery to the head and neck area including but not limited to trauma/reconstructive surgery, oral medicine and pathology, complicated teeth removal, orthognathic surgery and implant surgery.


    Hope the information helps. Take care :)    

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    Welcome to Just Dental Care. “We do CARE”. We provide quality care and affordable dentistry to you and your family. We provide a comprehensive range … View Profile

    What is the difference between a Dentist vs Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

    The main difference is that an Oral maxillofacial surgeon has had to study for and extra 6+ years. They have a dentist degree, a medical degree and a specialist degree. Oral Maxillofacial surgeons are specialist in the head and neck region and can deal with all complex cases that a general dentist do not touch. They excel at removing teeth especially wisdom teeth, trauma cases, and pathology.



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