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Maxillo-Facial Unit

Consultant specialists working in this area are termed: Oral Surgeons, Maxillofacial Surgeons, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons or Oral and Facial Surgeons.   The speciality is unique in requiring a dual qualification in Medicine and Dentistry and is a recognised international specialty within Europe as defined under the medical directives.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is the Surgical Specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face, and neck.

The scope of this specialty is extensive and includes the treatment of:- facial injuries, head and neck cancers, salivary gland diseases, facial disproportion, facial pain, temporomandibular joint disorders, impacted teeth, cysts and tumours of the jaws, aesthetic facial surgery, surgical dermatology, facial reconstruction as well as numerous problems affecting the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and infections.

Referrals are welcomed for any of these conditions and guidelines include:

1 Dentoalveolar Surgery - surgical management including specific diseases of the teeth and their supporting hard tissues.
2 Maxillofacial trauma – soft tissue injuries of the head and neck and injuries to all aspects of the facial skeleton, including dental injuries.
3 Temporomandibular Joint Disorders – treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders to alleviate pain, improve function and to remove pathological conditions which may interfere with quality of life. 
4 Pre-Prosthetic Surgery & Implantology – to promote rehabilitation and enable the wearing of prostheses.  Dental implants are provided through the close liaison with the Dental Implant Service at Manchester Dental Hospital.
5 Salivary Gland Disorders – medical and surgical management of infections, calculi and strictures, cysts, tumours and the related disorders of the major and minor salivary glands. 
6  Surgery of Facial Deformity – this is concerned with the correction of developmental and acquired dentofacial deformity including facial disproportion of the tooth bearing segments of the jaws and associated facial skeleton.
7 Surgical Dermatology – the surgical management of benign and malignant cutaneous disorders and their reconstruction.
8 Head & Neck Oncology and reconstruction  – the management of head and neck cancer including the mouth, oropharynx, and the associated structures, including reconstruction.  This is completed through the multidisciplinary  team at Manchester Royal Infirmary and the Christie Hospital.
9 Cranio-Facial Deformity – Management of complex congenital and acquired anomalies of the head, face and jaws.
10 Aesthetic Facial Surgery – the surgical management of patients requesting facial plastic surgery.

Through the Department, the community dental service undertake the extraction of deciduous teeth in children and dental care of patient's with special needs.


An orthodontic diagnosis and treatment service is provided on referral to local practitioners.  Post-graduate training is provided to the Senior House Officer and dental practitioners working in the Department as Clinical Assistants.  There are close working relationships with Oral & Facial Surgery Department.

Medical Staff

  • 3 Consultants – 2 Maxillofacial Consultants and 1 Orthodontic Consultant
  • 1 Specialist – Community Dental Services
  • 1 Associate Specialist
  • 1 Staff Grade Nurse
  • 2 Senior House Officers
  • 5 Clinical Assistants

Nursing Staff

  • Modern Matron
  • 1 Team Leader
  • 1 Senior Dental Anaesthetic Nurse
  • 4 Registered Dental Nurses
  • 1 Student Dental Nurse