Our oral surgeons are qualified to treat several different types of facial trauma injuries so that the patient is quickly treated in an emergency. Our training includes reconstruction and long-term rehabilitation for the patients who need our services.
Anytime there is an injury to the facial area, whether from a car accident, fall, or blow to the face, we must provide treatment as soon as possible to prevent other problems from developing.
Types of Facial Trauma
There are three types of facial injuries we usually treat:
Injuries to the soft tissue of the gums and lips
Bone and tooth fractures
Injuries to other regions of the face such as the eyes or nose
The latter two are usually the most complex because in some instances they can affect the nerves as well as specific regions of the face. However, even when there are soft tissue injuries, it is essential to look for other potential problems below the surface.
How Facial Injuries are Treated
When there is facial trauma to the soft tissue, our surgeons make an incision and suture the site. Bone and fractures that involve other areas of the face can require one or several surgeries to repair. The most common injuries result in lost teeth. We will always try to save your natural teeth and can do so even in cases where the tooth is hanging by a thread.
Never pull out a tooth after a blow to the face, no matter how bad it looks. If your tooth is knocked out, place it in milk or water to preserve it. The sooner we can reinsert that tooth, the better the chances for its survival. Teeth replacement can include dental implants, crowns, bridges, bonding, root canals, and other procedures.
If the jawbone is fractured, we may have to use wires to keep the jaw closed until it heals, but we use other techniques that require surgery and eliminate the need for wiring. Modern technology means we have many tools at our disposal to help you with facial trauma.