What is Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery?

What is Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery?

What is Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the field of surgery that deals with conditions, defects, injuries, and the cosmetic aspects of the teeth, mouth, jaws, and face. This ‘region specific’ field of surgical specialisation is one of nine dental specialties that are recognised by the Royal Australasian College of

Dental Surgeons, and is also a registered surgical specialty with AHPRA and the Australian Medical Council.
Within the definition of oral and maxillofacial surgery falls a wide range of interventions and treatments. A list of common oral and maxillofacial surgeries includes those relating to:

  • Wisdom teeth
  • Dental implants
  • Jaw alignment and surgery
  • Facial pain
  • Temporo-mandibular dysfunction
  • Facial fractures
  • Facial reconstruction
  • Oral and facial cancer
  • Oral pathology
  • Jaw cysts
  • Diagnostic challenges


To practice Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Australia, surgeons must hold both a registered dental degree and a medical degree. They must also have completed the training pathway set out by the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, or an equivalent training pathway from another recognised institution.

The breadth of the oral and maxillofacial surgical specialisation demands a deep knowledge of the anatomy of the mouth, jaws, face and skull, along with their associated structures. Our team of specialists in oral medicine and the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery are all extensively trained to help our patients find the best course forward for them.

Capital Oral & Facial Surgery

At Capital Oral & Facial Surgery, we are fortunate to not only have a highly experienced and qualified team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons, but also to have a team that is deeply committed to bringing the best of their knowledge base and skillset to addressing the oral and maxillofacial needs of each of our patients.

Those looking for guidance on a non-functional eruption of their wisdom teeth, the potential need for dental implants, or a trustworthy hand to help you with any orthognathic procedures you may be considering, can start with Capital Oral & Facial Surgery.

Our practice sees patients coming to us for treatments and operations ranging from the routine through to unique and complex. Whether you or a loved one is looking for guidance on any issues you may be facing, know that you can find the expertise and professional guidance of qualified and compassionate specialists with us at Capital Oral & Facial Surgery.

If you have been referred to us via a general practitioner or dentist you can book a consultation with one of our team here.