Modern surgery has advanced to the point where the volume of information and technical skills required have led to surgeons specialising in specific fields, typically anatomical regions of the body, though occasionally a technique or patient type.
What is Maxillofacial Surgery?
Maxillofacial surgery, also referred to as oral surgery, is the medical specialty that specialises in treating conditions through surgical interventions which affect the mouth’s hard and soft tissues as well as the head, neck, face, and jaw. Maxillofacial surgeons or oral surgeons, are specialists in treating injuries to and diseases of the head, neck, mouth, jaw, and face.
Why are Maxillofacial Surgeries Done?
- Improve jaw function/ movement
- Relieve pain
- Persistent dental pain
- Preparing for denture implants
- Removing impacted teeth from the mouth
- Repairing birth defects such as cleft lips and palates
- Identifying and treating cancerous and non-cancerous growths in your head and neck
- Determining the causes of persistent face pain
- Treating facial injuries, such as maxillofacial tissue damage or facial fractures
Maxillofacial surgery can significantly enhance one's appearance, function, and pain.
- Abnormal swelling/pain
- Salty, metallic or bad taste in the mouth
- Excessive pus or blood
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