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What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is a surgical discipline that treats conditions of the mouth, jaws, face and neck. In the developed nations including UK and most of Europe, all oral and maxillofacial surgeons are doubly qualified in both medicine and dentistry, ie qualifications BDS AND MBBS/MBChB. About 50% of American oral and maxillofacial surgeons have gone through medical training though many are singly qualified in office based oral surgery practice performing wisdom teeth removal and dental implantology. In Australia it was recently mandatory for trainees to acquire medical qualification just like in the UK. These surgeons will then be able to perform the full range of complex surgery such as surgical management of oral cancer, microvascular reconstructive surgery and major craniofacial surgery. Traditionally in Singapore, oral surgeons are mostly dentally qualified performing surgery for dental diseases. There is however a push now for training of the next generation of surgeons to be qualified to perform the full range of surgery and preferably acquire medical qualification for in-patient care of patients undergoing major oral and maxillofacial surgery which needed hospitalization as the singly qualified (ie only dentally qualified) may not be able to adequately look after patients who are medically compromised. In the UK, singly qualified oral surgeons are not allowed to admit patients on their own.

The clinic Medical-Dental Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (MOS Pte Ltd) is a practice that is dedicated to provide the highest standard of care for patients undergoing surgery to the face, mouth, jaw and neck. Our practice has experienced senior clinicians who are BOTH medically and dentally qualified and can provide complete care for the oral surgical patient and dental patient with medical problems. We receive referrals from general and specialist dentists, oral surgeons, medical GPs and specialists doctors to help with management of patients with oral-dental, facial and head and neck problems . We have many overseas international patients referred by International SOS and other evacuation facilities.

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Dr Victor Fan
BDS (Singapore)
FDSRCS (England)
FRCS (England)
FRCS (Intercollegiate)  

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