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Description

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a medical specialist who treats injuries and other conditions of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. These may include cleft palates, wisdom teeth problems, facial injuries, oral cancer and tumours and cysts of the jaw.

Services provided

Teeth, mouth and other facial treatments

Corrective and reconstructive surgery 

Eligibility

You need a referral from a doctor to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

How to access

Ask your doctor about how to make an appointment with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Costs

The cost of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon varies depending on the provider. Contact the service before you attend if you would like more information about cost.

Medicare schemes
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon fees may not be covered by Medicare. They are covered for people who are eligible under the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme. Check with your surgeon's office to find out more.

Private insurance coverage
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon fees are covered by some private health funds, but the amount will depend on your insurance policy. Contact your insurer for more information.

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Sector

Conventional healthcare

Regulation

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons must be registered through the Dental Board of Australia.

Registration

Regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Minimum qualifications

The minimum education requirement for an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery).

Tip

Take results of any tests (such as x-rays, ultrasounds and MRIs) with you when you visit the surgeon.

Important

You can check if your oral and maxillofacial surgeon is registered with the Dental Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website.

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