Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the dental specialty that is commonly known for treatment of wisdom teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder, and corrective jaw surgery.
But oral and maxillofacial surgeons cover a much broader scope of practice, utilizing advanced 3-D imaging and traditional surgical techniques, to treat cleft and craniofacial disorders, oral cancer, jaw reconstruction, snoring and sleep apnea, dental implants, and facial cosmetic surgery.
From diagnosis to administering anesthesia and surgery, through adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects, oral and maxillofacial surgeons attend to both functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.
Residents from the department have won several training grants from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, which is the research support arm of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Only five training grants are awarded nationally each year, to promote research awareness in oral and maxillofacial surgery.