Oral Surgery is a branch of dentistry focusing on invasive procedures like complicated tooth extractions, elimination of infections within the soft tissues and bone and management of traumatic injuries to the head. Traumatic injuries can be injuries to the teeth and the facial bones. Trauma to the head is a serious medical condition and is outside the scope of oral surgery. Such cases are referred to hospitals, not the oral surgery clinics. Oral surgery is also known as oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Oral surgery clinics are mostly situated in major hospitals as road traffic accident victims or cancer patients are frequently referred to the oral surgery department. Oral surgery patients can be an emergency case or even treated on an appointment basis.