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Maxillofacial Surgery Definition - Everything you need to know

In Chile, the specialty of Maxillofacial Surgery has been dictated by the Faculties of Dentistry since the 1970s and is defined by the Ministry of Health as a specialty of Dentistry.
Postgraduate training is delivered in courses that last between 3 and 5 years in which they incorporate knowledge of the differentareas medical and dental.
The certification of maxillofacial surgeon is delivered by Chilean universities to dental surgeons and thesuperintendence de salud has delivered the standard with the dental specialties that include it.
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What is Maxillofacial Surgery?

Maxillofacial surgery is a medical-dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases, disorders, and injuries to the head, neck, mouth, and teeth. It is also responsible for correcting facial deformities and jaw problems.

What are the surgical interventions performed in maxillofacial surgery?

  1. Wisdom teeth extraction: Patients often require removal of these teeth due to space issues, pain, or infection.

  2. Dental Implants: Dental implants are an effective solution to replace missing or damaged teeth.

  3. Orthognathic Surgery: This surgery is performed to correct facial deformities and jaw problems.

  4. Treatment of head and neck injuries: Maxillofacial surgery can also help in the treatment of head and neck injuries, such as facial fractures, tumors, and cysts.

What are the skills and knowledge required to be a maxillofacial surgeon?

  1. Maxillofacial surgeons require a wide variety of skills and knowledge, including:

  2. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the head, neck, mouth, and teeth.

  3. Experience in interpreting medical images, such as CT scans and MRIs.

  4. Skill in specialized surgical techniques for intervention on the head, neck, mouth and teeth.

  5. Ability to work in a team with other health professionals, such as dentists, otolaryngologists and neurosurgeons.

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