13th. February is celebrated as the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Day by the fraternity of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons world over.

This post is for all those friends of mine who wish to know more about what we, the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, are trained to do in our professional lives.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a branch of surgery to correct a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. It is a recognized international surgical specialty and it is one of the nine specialties of dentistry.

The training we receive can be classified under four broad areas:

1. Dentoalveolar Surgery – surgery to remove impacted teeth, difficult tooth extractions, extractions on medically compromised patients, bone grafting or preprosthetic surgery to provide better anatomy for the placement of implants, dentures, or other dental prostheses


2. Diagnosis and Treatment of:
a) Soft and hard tissue trauma of the oral and maxillofacial region (jaw fractures, cheek bone fractures, nasal fractures, LeFort fracture, skull fractures and eye socket fractures).
b) Congenital craniofacial malformations such as cleft lip and palate and cranial vault malformations such as craniosynostosis, (craniofacial surgery)
c) Benign and malignant pathology, cysts, tumors etc.
d) Chronic facial pain disorders.
e) Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

3. Cosmetic Surgery of the Face & Jaws:
a) Correction of dental & facial deformities (Orthognathic Surgery)
b) Facial cosmetic surgery – rhytidectomy / facelift, browlift / blepharoplasty, otoplasty, rhinoplasty, septoplasty, cheek augmentation, chin augmentation, genioplasty, neck liposuction, lip enhancement, injectable cosmetic treatments, botox, chemical peel etc.



4. Dental & Maxillofacial Implantology: Placement of implants in the jaw bones and other areas of the face to facilitate fixation of prostheses (artificial body parts) such as artificial teeth, artificial eyes, artificial ears and the like.

And here is the link to the Youtube video produced by the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AOMSI)… a very touching video highlighting the message on road safety. Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch…