Why You Should Call Us for Facial Injuries
Posted on 7/7/2020 by Ankur Johri
|Having a facial injury can be a traumatic experience, both physically and mentally, and it's important to know what to do if one occurs. Injuries to the face can cause damage to vital tissues and organs, such as your eyes, nose and sinuses, as well as your mouth. Your mouth is composed of soft, delicate tissues, making lacerations to them more prone to infection and further damage. The bottom line is that facial injuries can put your oral health in great danger, including your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks, and should be examined and treated by our office as soon as possible after any emergency care.
A laceration is a cut or tear, whether 'clean' or jagged, that we can seal with silk or gut sutures, with careful attention to the prevention of further cosmetic damage. Mouth lacerations are a common facial injury that is often the result of someone's own teeth cutting tissues when the facial trauma occurs. Lacerations to the mouth and tongue typically cause significant bleeding, but often aren't too serious unless neglected. Mouth lacerations can be frightening, and the vulnerable soft tissues in your mouth can progress to an infectious state very quickly, so contact our office as soon as possible after your injury.
Tooth loss due to a facial injury can be detrimental in numerous ways, from how well you can chew and speak to the need for dental restoration procedures. If you suffer tooth loss from a facial injury, it's imperative to put the tooth in either milk or saltwater as soon as possible to preserve it before our office is able to replant it into its dental socket. This will greatly improve our chances of saving your tooth. Don't attempt to clean it beforehand, however, as this can cause damage to tooth structure.
Facial injuries are common, but still traumatic.
With so many vital tissues, as well as dental and bone structure composing your face, you want to determine the extent of damage as soon as possible to keep the problem from getting worse. Additionally, excessive bleeding is common with facial injuries, so it's important to maintain composure and take the right steps to prevent further risk to your oral health. Call our office immediately if you or someone you care for has suffered a facial injury.