Maxillofacial surgery specialises in preservation and reconstruction of the facial structures, in particular the upper and lower jaws. However it is not limited to the purely functional aspects, such as speech, chewing and swallowing functions, as the aesthetic factor is also important, since appearance and attractiveness usually play a crucial role in the patients’ lives.
The complexity of the facial structures requires an operating surgeon to have specific qualifications. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon should have licenses for a general medical and a dental medical practice. The special medical training in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery takes many years, ensuring the highest professional qualifications for the specialists.