Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a surgical specialty that includes the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of diseases, injuries, defects, and aesthetic aspects of the head, neck, face, jaws, and the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, as well as the maxillofacial (jaws and face) region. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons commonly treat such conditions as problematic wisdom teeth, facial pain, TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), oral cancer, misaligned jaws, and obstructive sleep apnea. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, offer reconstructive and dental implant surgery, and care for patients with tumors, cysts, and abnormalities of the mouth, jaws, and face, including issues related to appearance. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons frequently work alongside other specialists including dentists, orthodontists, prosthodontists, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists, ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeons, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, and other medical professionals.



The medical and dental experts in UAB Medicine’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery blend precision surgical skills with a gentle touch to help you put your best face forward. Our care teams work with your current dentist or physician to develop comprehensive, effective treatment solutions that meet your personal needs. Backed by the resources of UAB Medicine, these professionals also have the research and knowledge of hundreds of specialists in 30-plus fields of medicine at their disposal. Our surgeons have been trained in both medicine and dentistry, so they have extensive knowledge of both the functional and cosmetic aspects of the face. Our program adheres to the guidelines set by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.


Related Treatments

There are several ways to diagnose and treat this condition. The team at UAB Medicine will work with you to develop an appropriate care plan for you that may include medical and surgical procedures and treatments listed below.


UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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