Maxillo-Facial Surgery

General description of the work of a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

The Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon deals with dental surgery and surgery on the jaw and nearby structures such as the salivary and parotid glands. He/she may deal with dental implants, temporo–mandibular joint problems, facial injuries and malignancies of the head and neck.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • dental implants and dental extractions/operations
  • problems with dental bridges and crowns
  • delay in diagnosis of cancer of the salivary glands
  • mismanagement of malignancies of the face or neck

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are usually qualified Dentists as well as qualified Doctors specialising in Surgery.

Usual Qualifications

The Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon will usually be known as Mr rather than Dr and will have BDS (primary dental qualification) as well as FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) after his/her name.

Academic Appointments

The Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon may be a Lecturer or Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at a Medical or Dental School. He/She may be an Examiner for one of the Royal Colleges.