Oral and Maxillofacial surgery is a specialist field combining dentistry, medicine and surgery. Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons have had extensive training in order to become qualified, usually taking up to 16 years to complete study and training. Because of this extensive training there are only just over 200 oral and maxillofacial surgeons Australia wide.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons work as part of a team providing the best care and treatment during surgery. Surgeons will liaise with general dentists and other specialists to ensure that care and treatment is coordinated. Medicare rebates are offered for a portion of consultation fees with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and they also have admitting rights into private hospitals.
Medicare or health fund rebates can also be obtained by work carried out by an oral or maxillofacial surgeon that is considered medical:
- Bone grafting
- Jaw reconstructive surgery
- Facial trauma surgery
Other reasons or conditions why you may see or be referred to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon include:
- Transplantation of teeth
- Dental implants
- Corrective jaw surgery
- Cleft and craniofacial deformity correction
- Removal of cysts and tumors
- Wisdom teeth removal
- TMJ pain
- Osseointegrated craniofacial implants