Who is a maxillofacial surgeon?
A MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEON IS A CERTIFIED DOCTOR OR DENTIST WITH SPECIALIZED EXPERTISE IN THE BASIC FIELD OF MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY.
Maxillofacial surgery is a surgical field that deals with surgery of the oral cavity (lat. cavum oris), jaws (lat. maxilla et mandibula) and face (lat. facies).
Maxillofacial surgery is interesting due to the fact that it combines general and dental medicine. This is also the reason why it is common (in some countries even mandatory) for maxillofacial surgeons to study both general and dental medicine. Hence the often asked double title of "doctor" before the name of the doctor.
Both dentists and general practitioners can traditionally specialize in maxillofacial surgery. The methods of education and the names of the field changed in the past, but it was still the same specialized expertise. It was a supplementary or second certification under the previous names "Stomatosurgery", "Oral, maxillofacial and facial surgery", "Stomatosurgery and maxillofacial surgery". For dentists after the first attestation in dentistry, for general practitioners after the first attestation in surgery.
Clinics and departments of oral, maxillofacial and facial surgery (maxillofacial surgery) are part of some regional and university hospitals in Slovakia.
A few maxillofacial surgeons work in private clinics, where they perform procedures that do not require hospital facilities, e.g. insertion of implants, extraction of wisdom teeth, skin and aesthetic surgery of the face, or adjustments to the position of the jaw and facial bones (orthognathic surgery).
For a patient or another colleague, the term "dental surgeon" can also be confusing. Today, he is a practicing dentist who graduated with a certificate in dentoalveolar surgery. It is therefore not a specialized professional qualification obtained by certification in oral, maxillofacial and facial surgery (however, a maxillofacial surgeon can also hold this certificate).