What is maxillofacial vs oral surgeon?

May be same. A maxillofacial surgeon deals with the maxilla and face. He may fix fractures, pull teeth and things along that line. An oral surgeon is going to work mostly with the mouth. He will do most of the surgeries through or around the mouth, but may also do things related to the jaw and maxilla bones that form the mouth.
Training is same. The specialty term is called an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. All surgeons go through vigorous training and many years of education. Many choose to limit their particular procedures to 'in-office' ones that don't necessarily involve a hospital stay. Advanced procedures involving facial bone reconstruction, etc require hospital privileges. These may be procedures your surgeon doesn't perform.

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When do I go to an oral surgeon versus maxillofacial surgeon?

Oral surgeon. In United States they are the same. Many general dentist perform minor oral surgery procedures but they are not oral surgeons. Read more...
No difference . In the U.S. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one specialty, surgeons differ in their training and degrees, some have dental degrees only, others have both dental and medical degrees, some subspecialize in specific area such as cancer surgery, TMJ surgery, corrective jaw surgey, facial cosmetic surgery, facial reconstruction after trauma or congenital deformity or dental implants. Read more...

What is the difference between a general dentist extracting fully erupted wisdom tooth and an oral surgeon/maxillofacial doing it?

Anesthesia. An oral surgeon can sedate you with an iv. Other than that the oral surgeon generally has taken out more wisdom teeth than a general dentist. And has more supportive care available immediately should a medical complication arise. Read more...
Additional training. Dentists are trained in school to extract teeth, impacted or not. Oral surgeons are dentists who have specialized with additional years of training in these same procedures. Read more...
OS. Depending on the simplicity of the extraction, a general dentist may be sufficient, but an os specializes in these procedures. It will usually be less traumatic, quicker, less painful and they also can supply more than local anesthetic. If they are more complicated i would always see an os. Read more...
Experience. Experience. Some dentists routinely remove wisdom teeth. Some dentists do no extractions. Oral surgeons can sedate with IV sedation. Oral surgeons better at dealing with medical problems. Who would you prefer to remove your child's wisdom teeth? Read more...
Options ; Management. Although general dentists are qualified and trained to remove teeth, not all erupted wisdom teeth are "simple" extractions. Some erupted wisdom teeth can be more challenging than an impacted tooth. Oral surgeons are trained to perform the procedure with additional anesthetic options, manage complications, and treating medically compromised patients. Read more...