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Oral Maxillofacial Surgery - Dental Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors


Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a specialised branch of dentistry in which a doctor or dentist works exclusively on the mouth, jaw and neck of a patient. Oral and maxillofacial specialists are dentists or doctors that go to dental school and usually take an extra residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Their job is to do complicated surgery on the mouth, jaw and face, often to correct problems caused by inadequate oral hygiene, traumatic injury or birth defects.

Oral and Maxillofacial Dentist Referrals

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons usually have patients referred to them by general practice dentists or by orthodontists who feel they cannot handle a complicated oral case, such as severely impacted wisdom teeth, severe overbites, jaw deformities or facial pain that cannot be easily resolved. The oral and maxillofacial surgeon is trained in reconstructive surgery, which means they can carry out a re-build of areas of the face which have been damaged.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Injury

A patient who has suffered severe motor vehicle accident trauma or an industrial injury or a sports accident may need partial reconstruction of their face if they have sustained serious facial injuries. The surgeon is especially trained to repair the face, saving as many of the delicate facial nerves and muscles as possible. Facial injury can be very painful and the surgeon must be able to correct the problem which is causing the pain. The appearance of the damaged face needs to be corrected to the extent possible. Prompt treatment is necessary to save the patient from the long term implications of having a disfigured face.

Cancer & Tumours

Tumours and cancers on the face may be treated by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Tumours or cancers should be removed with a minimum of damage to surrounding nerves and tissues if an experienced maxillofacial surgeon is managing the case. A oral and maxillofacial surgeon can work with an oncologist on cancer treatment including surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. The goal of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon is to make sure the patient looks as normal as possible after excision of the tumour. Some specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeons only work with cancer patients.

Birth Injuries

People who are born with deformities or birth defects of their face will often need a referral to an oral and maxillary surgeon. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons work to correct those who are born with cleft palates and cleft lips as well as complex conditions, such as micrognathia or a 'small jaw syndrome'. People with facial deformities often feel very uncomfortable in public and those who specialise in oral and maxillary surgery may be able to correct this problem.

Dental Negligence Solicitors

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are all members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of clinical negligence experts and deal with dental negligence claims using the no win no fee* scheme. We operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. You will not be asked to fund or finance the dental negligence claim as it proceeds. For children or those on a low income it may also be possible to obtain Legal Aid which always concentrates dental negligence insurers minds on settlement. To talk to a specialist lawyer about a dentist or a dental problem just use the helpline, complete the contact form or email us and we'll arrange a call-back at a convenient time.


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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here