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Welcome to Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)!

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons diagnose and treat conditions affecting the mouth, jaws, head and neck. OMFS is a unique speciality, requiring that surgeons have dual qualifications in both medicine and dentistry. Whilst many people enter the speciality having trained in “dentistry-first”, nowadays there is an increasing number of “medicine-first” trainees.

The scope of OMFS is broad and includes trauma to the jaw and face, tumours of the head and neck, corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery, cosmetic work and much more. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons work closely with plastic surgeons, ENT surgeons and neurosurgeons as well as other medical specialists such as oncologists, dentists and orthodontists.

I like OMFS as it involves using cutting-edge techniques and requires a level of creativity and ingenuity. My favourite procedure is something that was presented at a conference I attended. A surgeon explained the various ways in which 3D printing can be used, in a case study where an individual had a gunshot wound to the face. Using a variety of techniques, the surgeons were able to fix seemingly irreparable damage and give the person their face back. This is just one example of the incredible work done in OMFS. Ultimately, I think OMFS is an amazing speciality as these surgeons change lives by restoring form and function to some of the most important and personal areas of the human body. 

Alf Cuddeford
OMFS Surgery Lead