About Oral Surgeons

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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specialists within the field of Dentistry who focus on the surgical treatment of disorders of the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face.

Maxillofacial surgeons have expertise within the fields of dentistry, surgery, and general medicine which allows them to treat a comprehensive number of physiological and esthetic conditions relating to the mouth and face, from tooth removal to cosmetic surgery or corrective surgery.

Conditions that are treated by Oral Surgeons can include the removal of wisdom teeth, as well as teeth that are impacted or damaged due to injury or accident, facial injuries, TMJ disorders, improper bites, misaligned/malformed jaws, dental implants, as well as tumors and cysts of the jaws

Treatments that are performed by Oral surgeons can include dental implant surgery, bone reconstruction, setting fractured jaws and other facial bones, repair of severed nerves, and treating severe infections of the oral cavity.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons also work in conjunction with other medical specialists within the fields of dentistry and surgery.  This includes working alongside an Orthodontist to correct an improper bite by performing jaw surgery to realign and improve a patient’s bite.  Oral surgeons also perform surgery to correct birth defects of the face and skull including cleft lip and palate.

Useful Resources


Canadian Dental Association

Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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Nova Scotia

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Northwest Territories



United States of America

National Provider Identifier (NPI) 

American Dental Association

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons



Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Australian Dental Association

Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons


United Kingdom

General Dental Council

Royal College of Surgeons of England

British Association of Oral Surgeons



Dental Council

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Irish Association of Oral Surgery


South Africa

Health Professions Council Of South Africa

South Africa Dental Association

South African Society of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons



National Medical Commission

Dental Council of India

Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India