| What is Oral and Maxillofacial
and Maxillofacial surgeons specialise in the treatment of facial, mouth
and jaw disorders such as cancer, salivary gland disease, trauma, facial
and jaw joint pain, and facial disfigurement and deformity.
They are also trained in reconstructive and microsurgery harvesting
other parts of their patients’ bodies such as ribs and hips to rebuild
the face. It is the job of
Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons not only to save lives but also to save
surgery is challenging not only because of its intricacy, but also because
the surgery has a profound effect on the patient’s psyche –
the ability to be accepted within society so often depends on facial appearance.
For example, patients with facial deformity are usually shy and
reclusive before surgery. The
surgery transforms them emotionally and, like every metamorphosis, their
true character and psychological potential is released from the constraints
of their pre-surgical facial appearance.
Patients who suffer facial trauma may forever be haunted
by the events leading to their injury simply by examining their face in
the mirror each morning. Patients
with facial cancer not only have to cope with a life threatening disease,
but also with treatment which will have visible effects on their facial
appearance, and affect their speech and diet.