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Maxillofacial Unit

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons frequently work alongside other specialists including orthodontists, oncologists, neurosurgeons, dermatologists and ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons.


The specialty is unique, requiring a dual qualification in medicine and dentistry.

The unit has short waiting times which are continuing to reduce. In addition to the more traditional consultant outpatient clinics we also run specialist lead one-stop clinics where patients receive their initial consultation and treatment at the same visit.

Service Provision

The following types of treatment are undertaken:

  • Dentoalveolar surgery – for management of conditions affecting the tooth bearing parts of the jaws
  • Oral medicine – ulcers and infections of the mouth
  • Orthognathic surgery – surgically moving the jaws; jointly managed with orthodontic colleagues  
  • Trauma – treating fractures and lacerations
  • Treatment of oral and skin cancers
  • Treatment of neck lumps
  • Treatment of benign and malignant salivary gland diseases
  • Diagnosis and treatment of facial pain
  • Diagnosis and treatment of jaw joint disorders.

Outpatient Appointments

The outpatient service at St.Mary's Hospital includes assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Information about oral health and other conditions which affect the jaw, face and neck are available on the NHS Choices website.

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