Beauty, as they say, may be skin deep, but it’s the underlying structure of the maxillofacial region that provides the foundation for our appearance. While reconstructive surgery is sometimes portrayed as a vain pursuit, the results can provide tangible benefits to your life and health. Studies have shown many times that appearance has a significant impact on hiring, pay, and social standing. But it’s not just a matter of how someone is perceived by others—it’s how someone perceives themselves. People who are happy with their appearance are often more confident and ongoing, which can lead to greater success in life. Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons are trained to treat the skin, muscle, bones, and cartilage of the face and head, and understand more about the balance between appearance and functionality than a plastic surgeon.
The importance of the maxillofacial region goes beyond appearance, however. While it plays an important part in the way we look, it also provides protection to the cranium and critical functions including sight, smell, taste, talking and breathing. Because of this, it is particularly important to get facial injuries diagnosed and treated promptly as they can sometimes be life-changing or even life-threatening.
In addition to injuries, Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons also treat disorders of the head and neck such as impacted teeth, dental implants, jaw and facial structure, oral cancer, temporomandibular joint disorders, as well as cysts and tumors of the jaw.
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