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OMF Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth and soft and hard tissues of maxillofacial region.  The scope of the specialty is large and not only deals with surgical problems but also non-surgical problems affecting the oro-facial region such as the management of facial pain, oral mucosal disease and infections. 

There are about  24 oral and maxillofacial surgical units in various hospitals under the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka. The Oral and maxillofacial surgical team consists of a consultant as the leader  of the team  ,4-5 dental surgeons who are designated  as House Officers and Senior House Officers who work  under the guidance of the Consultant. 

This oral and maxillofacial surgical team is involved in on-call duties (attending to emergencies around the clock); they also  have clinics on specific days of the week where they attend to referrals  from  various areas .Further  the team  is involved in routine surgeries under general anesthesia (usually one day or two days of the week).

In addition to these duties, they are involved in the pre-operative planning of routine surgeries, ordering   investigations, performing minor oral surgeries under local anesthesia and providing post-operative care and management of   inward patients.

Services available;
  • Minor Oral Surgery - Dentoalveolar surgery such as surgery to remove impacted teeth, difficult tooth extractions, extractions on medically compromised patients, root canal surgeries,  preprosthetic surgery to provide better anatomy for the placement of dentures, or other dental prostheses)
  • Extractions and treatment  under anesthesia for uncooperative  and special children. 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of non cancer (cysts, tumors etc.)
  • Diagnosis and treatment  ablative and reconstructive  surgery, of  oral & head and neck cancer
  • Diagnosis and treatment of cutaneous  malignancy in face 
  • Management of pre-cancer 
  • Management of oral mucosal diseases as ulcers, growths, blisters and white/red patches in cheek, tongue, palate, lips and gums 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of congenital craniofacial malformations such as cleft lip and palate
  • Diagnosis and treatment of salivary gland problems 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic facial pain disorders
  • Diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Diagnosis and treatment of   jaw deformities. Orthognathic  surgery is performed for surgical correction of jaw deformities and facial asymmetry. 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of soft and hard tissue trauma of the oral and maxillofacial region (jaw fractures, cheek bone fractures, LeFort fracture and eye socket fractures).
  • Surgical treatment of sleep apnea ( maxilla mandibular advancement)
  • Cosmetic surgery of the head and neck , browlift, blepharoplasty/cheek augmentation, chin augmentation, inject able cosmetic treatments, (Botox, chemical peel etc.)

Hospitals with OMF Surgical Services

1. Dental Institute Colombo
2. Dental Hospital Peradeniya 
3. Teaching Hospital Karapitiya 
4. General Hospital  Matara 
5. General Hospital Hanbanthota 
6. Kalutara
7. Panadura 
8. Avissawella 
9. Rathnapura 
10. Ragama 
11. Gampaha
12. Kurunegala 
13. Chilaw 
14. Anuradhapura 
15. Polonnaruwa 
16. Badulla  
17. Kandy 
18. Matale 
19. Kegalle 
20. Kuliyapitiya 
21. Nuwara Eliya 
22. Batticoloa  
23. Vavuniya