More information on numerous maxillofacial and oral conditions, procedures and treatments.


Some operations can only be performed under full general anaesthesia in hospital, while other operations can be performed using either local anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with conscious sedation.

Bone grafting

Maxillofacial and oral surgeons are intimately involved in repairing damage to the facial skeleton which may involve the replacement of missing skeleton by bone grafting.

Cleft lip and palate

Exceptional facial cleft deformity, or cleft lip (alveolus) palate, cannot be treated successfully by only one discipline or speciality.

Dental implants

If you are missing any of your natural teeth, implant dentistry can provide you with teeth that look and feel like your very own.

Dry socket

Dry socket (alveolar osteitis) is a dental condition that occurs when the blood clot at the site of a tooth extraction is dislodged, exposing underlying bone and causing increasing pain.

Facial injuries, treatments and prevention

Maxillofacial injuries, also referred to as facial trauma, encompass any injury to the mouth, face and jaw.


Frenectomy is the surgical release of the frenum. The frenum is the tag of skin between the lip and gum (labial frenum) and below the tongue (lingual frenum).

Orthognathic surgery

Orthognathic surgery is the surgical repositioning of the jaw to establish a normal relationship between the upper and lower jaws. The treatment involves the skills of both an orthodontist and a maxillofacial and oral surgeon.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders

The temporomandibular joint is the connection between the temporal bone of the skull and the lower jawbone (mandible). The joints are supported by ligaments, tendons and muscles responsible for jaw movement.

Wisdom teeth

The wisdom tooth, or third molar, is usually the last tooth to erupt into the mouth anytime after 16 years of age. Patients seeking removal can consult a maxillofacial and oral surgeon for quick and easy removal.


General enquiries and contact details



The SASMFOS team is here to help. For more detailed information, please refer to the following directory of board members and office bearers.

Dr Frits Hoogendijk


Dr Suvir Singh


Dr Greg Boyes-Varley

Immediate past president and international affairs

Dr Ashwin Kassan


Prof Ephraim Rikhotso

Academic portfolio

Dr Sunil Aniruth

Fees & funders

Dr Jacques Beukes

Fees & funders

Dr Ebrahim Fakir

Co-opted member: Congress portfolio

Dr Ebu Parker

Co-opted member: Congress portfolio