Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are surgical specialists who treat conditions, defects, injuries, and aesthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face. They care for patients who have problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons also treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, offer reconstructive and dental implant surgery, and care for patients with tumours and cysts of the jaws. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons work in public hospitals and private practice.

To be awarded with Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) one must successfully complete the structured four year training program.  This program includes completing a series of clinical training assessments, courses, a Surgical Science and Training Examination and Final Examination as well as the four years accredited training.

Selection for training is a competitive process and standards are high.  In order to apply for eligibility for training, the applicant will be required to have completed a Dental degree and hold full registration as a dentist in Australia or New Zealand, a Medical degree and hold full registration as a medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand and have completed an intern and Surgery-in-General year.