Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Special Dental Care

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

The specialism of oral and maxillofacial surgery addresses any disorder relating to the mouth, jaws, face and skull. Oral diseases and facial abnormalities may occur as a result of infections, (benign and malignant) tumors, autoimmune disorders, congenital defects or trauma, amongst other causes. Surgery or other treatments directed at the face require special expertise on its complex structures, as these determine optimal function and aesthetics.

Physicians that are specialized in the surgery of the entire cranio-maxillofacial complex (the mouth, jaws, face and skull) are called maxillofacial surgeons. They hold degrees in both medicine and dentistry.

The Department for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Erasmus MC

We at the Department for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are committed to provide the very best treatment for diseases of the mouth, jaw and face. Our expertise includes congenital deformities, such as cleft and craniofacial anomalies, head and neck cancer and complex trauma. Please feel free to contact us about any disease or disorder related to the face, mouth, head and neck.

Our specialism includes the following expertise:

Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery

Congenital defects of the skull and face are treated in a multidisciplinary setting by surgeons of the Dutch Craniofacial and Cleft Centers.

Head and Neck Oncology

Our maxillofacial surgeons are trained to provide the best care for patients with head and neck cancer. They work in a multidisciplinary setting with specialist of the ear, nose and throat (ENT), Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dermatology, Radiotherapy, Radiology and Pathology departments.

Trauma Surgery

Our maxillofacial surgeons have broad experience in treating facial trauma. Our specialist provide trauma care on a daily basis, from the early phases to long-term planned reconstructive surgical procedures. We hope to achieve optimally functional and aesthetically favorable outcomes for our patients.

Orbital surgery

Our surgeons collaborate closely with ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeons from the Department of Ophthalmology and the Rotterdam Eye Hospital. Orbital disorders, for example those caused by trauma and infection, are treated by specialists at the Orbital Center of Rotterdam.

Also at our department:

 Special Dentistry

At the Special Dental Care Unit, highly qualified dentist offer all types of dental treatment for patients with congenital anomalies (cleft, craniofacial anomalies, oligodontia, head and neck cancer, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and sleep apnea).


At the Orthodontics Unit, orthodontist treat patients with cleft and craniofacial anomalies and oligodontia, and other disease affecting growth of the face and dental development. We have broad experience with patients that suffer from behavioral disorders. Our orthodontists work closely with the other members of the cleft and craniofacial teams.


Research at our department is based on internationally validated instruments and focuses on the improvement of patient outcomes. The department is linked to international multicenter studies via the AOCMF, the largest global network for surgeons working on trauma and reconstruction of the cranial and maxillofacial regions. Other research includes computer-assisted planning of primary and secondary reconstructions.

More about the Department for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Erasmus MC

The Erasmus MC is one of the largest tertiary care and academic hospital in the Netherlands. Our hospital can proudly offer the services of highly specialized medical professionals for the treatment of complex and rare diseases.

 Our Medical Expertise

Our treatment protocols have been validated and are regularly updated according to new evidence, institutional experiences and through continuously on-going research.

Affiliated Departments and Expertise Centers

Cleft Center

Dutch Craniofacial Center

Center for Congenital Dental and Maxillary Defects

Expertise Center for Implantology/ Oligodontia

Rotterdam Orbita Center



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