Oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMFS or OMS) specializes in surgery of the face, mouth, and jaws, which is widely recognized as one of the specialties of dentistry. Surgeons focus on treating problems related to the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and jaws.
Procedures performed by Maxillofacial and oral surgeons are tooth extractions, corrective jaw surgery, and reconstructive surgery. These specialists can also set a solid foundation for cosmetic and restorative dental work, including the placement of dental implants and the system of tooth replacement.
Along with these common procedures, oral and maxillofacial surgeons may be called on to consult with cases of obstructive sleep apnea, facial pain, infection, biopsies, removal of lesions, and treatment of some oral cancers.