Treatment of Facial Injury
Severe trauma to the face caused by injury requires surgical treatment from a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon. Injuries to the face can affect a patient’s physical and emotional well-being, especially when disfiguring occurs. When Facial Injuries occur, both the soft and hard tissues of the head, neck and mouth can be affected; this often includes the eyes. A Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon such as Dr Naidoo has the expertise to repair these Facial Injuries and restore the natural function of the face and mouth.
Facial injuries are characterised by:
- Broken teeth, nose, jaw and other facial bones
- Swelling and bleeding
- Blurred vision
- Sinus pain
- Disfigured facial features
- Missing teeth
- Pain in the tongue
Facial Injuries may be caused by physical altercations, car accidents or other violent scenarios. In some cases, injuries may be life-threatening and require emergency treatment. Facial Injuries, however, are not always this severe.
Before surgical treatment of Facial Injuries takes place, Dr Naidoo will have to examine the face to determine the full extent of the damage. This usually includes scans and x-rays.
Simple surgeries often involve repairing one area of the face, while more complex surgeries happen in stages over time. The ultimate goal of surgery, however, is to restore aesthetics to the face and promote the correct healing of broken bones and damaged soft tissues. This can sometimes involve implants, bone grafts, plates and screws all aimed at correcting Facial Injuries.
Because many parts of the face can be affected by injury, including the eyes, surgery often requires a multidisciplinary approach with many surgical specialists. As a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon, Dr Naidoo’s focus and expertise remain with the head, neck and oral cavity.
After surgery for Facial Injuries, patients may need to have follow-up Plastic Surgery and engage in Physical Therapy to regain the full use and natural aesthetics of their face.