If you want to become a consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) in the United Kingdom, you must have a few qualifications and experience. To start, you must have a primary dental qualification from a recognized institution and at least two years of experience in general professional practice. Additionally, you must have studied dentistry, passed the entrance exam to the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS), studied medicine, passed the admission exam to the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS), and been a specialist for five years. The General Council of Dentistry (GDC) defines oral surgery as the treatment and ongoing management of irregularities and pathologies of the jaw and mouth that require surgical intervention. This includes the specialty formerly known as Surgical Dentistry. Before becoming an oral surgeon, you must first qualify as a doctor.
This means having a basic medical degree that includes the principles of medicine and surgery. The degree of this degree varies depending on the university you are going to. Some examples are MB or BM (Bachelor of Medicine) and BChiR, ChB or BS (Degree in Surgery).For more information on qualifications and requirements for becoming an oral surgeon in the UK, please visit our English language requirements page.