General Information for Patients
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery is a surgical specialty with its origins in dentistry and is recognised by the Commonwealth Department of Health as a principal surgical specialty. Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons deal with the surgical treatment of diseases, disorders and malformations of the mouth, teeth, jaws and associated structures. They are initially trained as dental surgeons and, in previous years, they commenced specialist surgical training in a hospital environment for a minimum of 5 years. These days, newly graduated Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are expected to have a medical qualification as well and this has greatly extended the length of training.
As Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons, our doctors attend to a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions, including the treatment of minor oral surgical conditions, the insertion of dental implants, surgery to correct jaw deformities, the treatment of facial fractures and temporomandibular joint conditions. The MIC doctors also treat pathological conditions, such as salivary gland diseases, oral mucosal diseases and conditions causing facial pain.
Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are represented by two specific bodies: the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (R.A.C.D.S), and also the Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (A.N.Z.A.O.M.S), to which both our surgeons belong.