What do maxillofacial surgeons actually do?
It may sound like a cliché, but think of the face and ask what a maxillofacial surgeon can't do! It isn't only teeth and maxillofacial surgeons aren't all just dentists (although yes, you do need a medical and dental degree to start speciality training).
As a junior trainee you will spend your on-call shift seeing facial trauma. That includes suspected fractures, soft tissue injuries and dento-facial infection. Maxillofacial surgery is one of the few specialities where you are able to undertake a wide array of soft tissue work in A&E - and given the number of soft tissue injuries that present via A&E, a significant number of these will be referred to maxillofacial surgery. Being on-call is not just about admitting and clerking patients, you actually get to treat them too unlike many specialties.Add a comment