Scope of Maxillofacial Surgery as Recognized by Dental Practitioners and Dental Students in Sulaimani


  • Zanyar M. Amin Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Author



Maxillofacial Surgery, Scope of work, Dental practitioner, Dental student, Sulaimani


Objective: To find the knowledge of dental professionals and dental students of Sulaimani on scope and duties of maxillofacial surgeon. 

Methods: A specific questionnaire designed and developed after several experts have been consulted for validation. The questionnaire involved five major duties of maxillofacial surgeon (trauma, pathology, aesthetic, temporomandibular joint problem and congenital disorder). After explanation, the questioners were answered by dental students in College of Dentistry, University of Sulaimani and dentist (general dental practitioners and specialist). Two hundred questionnaires distributed among dentists and dental students (100 for each group). Every responder was questioned for 32 different type of maxillofacial problems, meanwhile he /or she asked to choose a relevant specialty he /or she is going to refer or to consult for that each specific question.

Results: Generally maxillofacial surgery moderately addressed for trauma and aesthetic surgery conditions and highly addressed for pathological, pain management and congenital disorders by both groups. Majority of dental practitioners with different specialties in field of dentistry and dental students to some extend are acquainted with maxillofacial surgery and the related details of the field. 

Conclusions: Maxillofacial surgery scope of work in the field of aesthetics and trauma surgery still not well recognized by the responders and even some where underestimated.  In the fields of pathology, pain management and congenital anomaly is well recognized and comparable to the results of other countries.


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Scope of Maxillofacial Surgery as Recognized by Dental Practitioners and Dental Students in Sulaimani. (2018). Sulaimani Dental Journal, 5(2), 53.