Oral & Maxillofacial (OMF) Surgeons specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.
OMF surgery is unique in requiring a dual qualification in medicine and dentistry, and is often seen as the bridge between medicine and dentistry. The service treats conditions that require expertise from both backgrounds, such as head and neck cancers, salivary gland diseases, facial disproportion, facial pain, temporomandibular joint disorders, impacted teeth, cysts and tumours of the jaws, as well as numerous problems affecting the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and infections.
Many OMF surgeons focus on one of these areas to develop a sub-specialist interest within the scope of the wider specialty
What we do
- Facial injuries, management of complex facial fractures and soft tissue injuries of the mouth, face, and neck.
- Head and neck cancer including neck lumps and salivary gland surgery.
- Reconstructive surgery, including microvascular free tissue transfer.
- Orthognathic surgery for the correction of facial disproportion
- Pre-implant surgery, including the use of implants to retain facial or dental prostheses and associated bone grafting techniques as part of oro-facial reconstruction.
- Removal of impacted teeth and complex buried dental roots.
- Removal of cysts and tumours of the jaws.
- Removal of complex facial skin tumours and reconstruction.
- Temporomandibular joint surgery
A range of oral and maxillofacial surgical operations are carried out on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia, such as the removal of impacted teeth, intra-oral and facial soft tissue procedures.