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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between an orthopedic surgeon and an oral & maxillofacial surgeon?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 46 years experience
Different: Orthopedic surgery is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system, oral and maxillofacial surgery is surgery to treat many diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral (mouth) and maxillofacial (jaws and face) region.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Different: Orthopedist works on musculoskeletal system: bone, joint, ligament, nerve, muscle, tendon. Oral surgeon works on oral cavity and facial issues of bone & soft tissue that relate to this.
Dr. Husam Elias
15 years experience
Jaw & facial surgeon: Oral and maxillofacial surgeons care for patients with problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, place dental implants, care for patients with oral cancer, tumors and cysts of the jaws, and perform facial cosmetic surgery.

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