Maxillofacial surgery (or to give the speciality its full title oral and maxillofacial surgery) has long had a veil of mystery associated with it. Maxillofacial surgical trainees were seen as a rare breed of people who did a dental degree followed by a medical degree before embarking on their surgical training. However, changes have been afoot for several years and there are now increasing numbers of people in the speciality whose primary qualification is medicine with a secondary degree in dentistry.

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