Facial injuries are common in South Africa. Interpersonal violence, falls, motor vehicle accidents and sports related injuries make up for the majority of these damages. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. We are also well versed in emergency care, acute treatment and long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Injuries to the face conveys a high degree of emotional and physical trauma to patients, therefore, treating facial injuries requires special training, a hands-on approach, and an understanding of how the treatment would influence the patient’s long term functionality and appearance.
The types of facial injuries range from injuries of the teeth to severe injuries of the skin and bone of the face. Facial injuries are classified as either soft tissue injuries (gums and skin), injuries to special regions (eyes, facial nerves or salivary glands), and bone injuries.
The treatment of facial fractures should be accomplished in a thorough and predictable manner. More importantly, the patient’s facial appearance should be minimally affected.