Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)

   What is OMS

What is Oral Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral Maxillofacial Surgery is a challenging specialty that combines dental, medical and surgical knowledge and skills. It requires extensive study in a rigorous training program.

Oral maxillofacial surgeons specialise in the oral and maxillofacial regions of the neck and head. They diagnose and treat problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws.  They also treat accident victims for facial injuries, carry out reconstructive and dental implant surgery, treat tumors, developmental craniofacial abnormalities of the jaws or facial regions. 

The following types of surgery are performed by oral maxillofacial surgeons

  • Preprosthetic surgery (bone augmentation)

  • Oral and dentoalveolar surgery for the removal of impacted and buried teeth, cysts

  • Dental implant surgery and bone grafting, to replace missing teeth or stabilize dentures; rehabilitation of patients having undergone surgery for tumors, to retain facial prostheses

  • Orthognathic surgery for dentofacial deformities

  • Facial trauma surgery for facial bone fractures and related soft tissue injuries

  • Reconstructive surgery of the face

  • Cleft lip and palate surgery

  • Congenital craniofacial deformities

  • Facial plastic surgery such as rhinoplasty, rhytidectomy, blepharoplasty, facial implants

  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD)

  • Snoring and sleep apnea correction surgery

  • Tumor and cancer surgery. 

How do they work?

Oral maxillofacial surgeons frequently work alongside other specialists such as orthodontists, prosthodontists, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists, ENT surgeons, neurosurgeons and plastic surgeons. 

Find out more about the OMS Training Program with RACDS.

RACDS supports

Australia New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

OMS Training Program Accreditation

The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Training Program is jointly accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC), the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ), the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and the New Zealand Dental Council (DCNZ) to deliver specialist medical and dental education, training and continuing professional development programs.

The OMS Training Program is currently undergoing reaccreditation in 2017.  A copy of the College’s Reaccreditation Submission is publically available. 

Information in relation to the standards against which all specialist medical colleges are assessed, as well as the accreditation process more generally, is available on the AMC website.