Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon salary in Nigeria, how much does dental surgeons earn in Nigeria?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a surgical specialist that focuses on reconstructive surgery of the face, facial trauma surgery, the oral cavity, head and neck, mouth, and jaws, as well as facial cosmetic surgery.
Depending upon the national jurisdiction, oral and maxillofacial surgery may require a degree in medicine, dentistry or both. In Nigeria, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon must first get a first degree in dentistry before specialisation.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the ten dental specialties recognized by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, American Dental Association, Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Oral and maxillofacial surgery requires four to six years of further formal university training after dental school (i.e., DDS, BDent, DMD or BDS).
Residency training programs in a teaching hospital are either four or six years in duration and it is very intense and demanding.
In Nigeria, the typical training program for an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is:
💠 6 years undergraduate study (BDS)
💠 4–6 years residency training in accredited teaching hospitals – Some programs integrate an additional degree such as: a master’s degree (MS, MDS, MSc, MClinDent, MScDent, MDent), doctoral degree (PhD, DMSc, DClinDent, DSc), or medical degree (MBBS, MD, DO, MBChB, MDCM)
What does an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon do?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon performs surgery and related procedures to treat diseases, defects, or injuries, and to improve function or appearance.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons often meet with patients who are referred from their general dentist or primary care doctor after a diagnosis has been made.
There are several dental and medical conditions that may require surgery, such as:
💠removal of impacted, damaged, and non-restorable teeth
💠reconstructive surgery after removing tumours from the face, neck, jaw, or mouth
temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
💠infections of the oral cavity, salivary glands, jaws, and neck
💠oral mucosa, such as mouth ulcers
💠jaw surgery to realign the jaws (orthognathic surgery)
💠dental implants, and the regeneration of deficient bone and gum tissues
💠structural abnormalities involving the mouth, neck or face
💠congenital defects (cleft lip and palate and jaw growth problems)- in Nigeria, a plastic surgeon is in this team.
💠oral cancer (removal of tissue or tumours for biopsy)
💠facial injuries including facial lacerations, intra-oral lacerations, and fractured facial bones
💠cosmetic dental procedures (such as chin and cheekbone enhancements)
Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon salary in Nigeria
The average monthly salary Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon salary in Nigeria is about #800,000 – #1,500,000 Naira after tax. An oral and maxillofacial dental surgeon that is a hospital consultant earns close to 2.5 million Naira monthly from both private practice and public practice. A senior registrar in oral and maxillofacial surgery is paid about #500,000 Naira monthly as salary while a junior registrar earns close to #380,000 Naira monthly as salary.