The word “maxillofacial” refers to the jaws and face. Those surgeons specialising in maxillofacial surgery generally also specialise in oral surgery. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a dental specialty involving the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, defects, and injuries of the mouth, jaws, and face. It is unique in the UK and many other European countries in that it requires dual qualification in medicine and dentistry, along with comprehensive general and specialist surgical training. It is regarded as the bridge between medicine and dentistry.