A major part of oral & maxillofacial work is the management of jaw fractures as a result of trauma to the facial region. This is usually due to sports injuries, falls and road traffic accidents. When the upper or lower jaws are fractured, the teeth also become malaligned.
Oral & maxillofacial surgeons are the best trained to reduce and fix the jaw bone fractures and re-align the teeth occlusion to the best possible positions as oral & maxillofacial surgeons are trained in dentistry as well. The expertise in the treatment of facial and jaw fractures are further enhanced by oral and maxillofacial surgery work in the field of orthognathic surgery which is a routine part of oral & maxillofacial surgery training.