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What is Maxillofacial Surgery?


dental-chair-maxillofacial-surgery-austin-oral-surgery-300x200Most of us know what oral surgery is, and many of us have had it before in the form of wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions and dental implants. However, while oral surgery might be well known among the general public, maxillofacial surgery is largely unknown.

What is Maxillofacial Surgery?

The maxillae are two bones that come together at the roof of your mouth to form the upper jaw in humans. This is where the term “maxillo” comes from. Likewise, facial is more self-explanatory, referring to the face. Thus, maxillofacial surgery deals with any diseases, disorders, injuries or defects that affect either the jaw or facial regions of a person. Maxillofacial surgeons can treat both functional and aesthetic problems associated with the face and jaw, and often perform facial reconstructive procedures for those who have suffered facial trauma or other injuries, as well as procedures to treat disorders such as TMD/TMJ and malocclusion.


Oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo extensive training, including a four year dental school curriculum, a surgical internship, and an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency. Some of Austin Oral Surgery’s surgeons have also received other degrees, including Medical Doctor (MD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


What are Examples of Maxillofacial Surgery?

Though most people are familiar with a variety of oral surgery procedures, few people know what sort of treatments maxillofacial surgery entails. Here is a short list of common maxillofacial surgery procedures:

  • Corrective Jaw Surgery

  • Treatment for TMJ Disorders

  • Sleep Apnea Treatments

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Head & Mouth Cancers

  • Emergency Care and Acute Treatment for Facial Trauma

  • Bone Grafting or Pre-Prosthetic Surgery


If you have further questions regarding maxillofacial surgery or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons, contact Austin Oral Surgery today!