The British Oral Max Surgery website

In Europe and specifically in the United Kingdom and in Australia and New Zealand, they are different specialties. The Oral surgery only requires a dental degree and some more postgraduate training. Its scope includes mainly “intra-oral” procedures such as: all kinds of tooth extraction, cysts, implants, and so on. Basically, all of them are “oral” and more minor in comparison to the oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS). OMFS, on the other hand, consists of everything in oral surgery and more than that. This requires both the medical and the dental degree. It also has “maxillo-” (jaw) and “facial” (face) parts. OMFS involves larger area of the face and neck, even the cranial. Of course, its surgical procedures are also “bigger” like cancer, orthognathic surgery, and temporomandibular joint surgery, etc. The UK have 2 different societies for Oral surgeons and Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons. The links to their websites are as following:

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