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Maxillofacial Surgery versus Oral Surgery


Posted on 12/23/2021 by Young Jun DDS MD FACS
Maxillofacial Surgery versus Oral SurgeryIt is normal to confuse maxillofacial surgeries with oral surgeries, but in reality, they have a fair share of differences. Oral surgeries include simple teeth and wisdom teeth extractions; however, maxillofacial surgeries touch on complex procedures such as soft tissue and jaw surgeries. Oral surgeries cover the mouth, while Maxillofacial surgeries work on your face and jaw. Below, we will go through some of the differences between oral and maxillofacial surgeries.

Oral Surgery


Oral surgery relates to the treatment of dental conditions present in your mouth. Some of these mouth surgeries include denture fittings, dental crowns, and root canals. Another common type of oral surgery includes the removal of the impacted wisdom tooth. Oral surgeries also cover the treatment of your temporomandibular joint, which is the lower jaw that connects to your skull. Treatment of mouth swelling or infections count as oral surgeries as well.

Maxillofacial Surgery


Maxillofacial surgery involves more advanced procedures compared to oral surgery. A maxillofacial surgeon can perform oral surgeries, but an oral surgeon cannot perform maxillofacial surgeries. Maxillofacial surgery attacks the issues that may extend beyond your mouth. A common example is an abnormal nasal cavity, as it requires correction via surgery.

Maxillofacial surgery also touches on facial trauma treatment. This maxillofacial surgery involves the balance, reposition or reconstruction of facial structures which suffered damage by a sudden or violent blow. Through maxillofacial surgery, we can treat abnormal growths, dysgnathia (bite abnormality), chronic facial pain, tooth extractions, and cleft lip and palate.

Treatment of any oral or maxillofacial surgery requires having a well-trained, experienced, and reliable surgeon. This reduces the chances of having complications after the surgery. If you suffer from any oral or maxillofacial-related issue that we can solve through surgery, we encourage you to make an appointment with us. Our team of trained oral surgeons will be happy to assist you.


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