Brisbane Oral and maxillofacial surgery is performed to correct facial and jaw disorders that affect individuals in their daily lives. It aims to correct abnormalities to improve the individual’s day to day life. Maxillofacial Surgery is a process that has been performed for over 200 years and continues to be improved through research and dental technology advances.
Where it all began
There have been many great oral and maxillofacial surgeons throughout history but it all began in the 1800’s. The first oral surgeon to have been recognised in history was Simon Hullihen. He performed multiple surgeries involving jaw abnormalities, jaw fractures and many more. He was also the first man to invent tools specific to this type of surgery.
The second man to have been a key part of oral and maxillofacial surgery is James Garretson. He is thought to be the founder of this type of surgery as he named the profession and provided information on it through his book ‘A System of Oral Surgery’. From here oral and maxillofacial surgery developed further with advancements in medical and dental technology.