One of the hardest injuries to deal with is a facial trauma because the effects are so visible. When you’ve had an accident, fall, or injury that affects any area of your face, you want treatment that is not only safe but is done with the highest sensitivity to aesthetics.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are specialists trained to manage and treat facial trauma, including lacerations, fractured teeth, fractured jaws, fractured facial bones, knocked out teeth, and intraoral lacerations. At the North Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center our surgeons combine their aesthetic sensibility, surgical skills, and artistic talent to produce beautiful and natural-looking results that will meet or exceed your expectations.
3 Classifications of Facial Trauma
Our surgeons are highly trained and skilled in reconstructing facial trauma of all kinds, including:
- Soft Tissue Injuries – Soft tissue trauma includes lacerations to the skin and any kind of intraoral (gum) damage.
- Avulsed (knocked out) Teeth – Injuries to the teeth are very common and must be dealt with immediately to insure success of reimplantation.
- Bony Injuries – This category encompasses the entire face including fractured jaw bones, cheekbones, palates, eye sockets, and noses.
Benefits of Facial Trauma Reconstruction
Aside from the obvious aesthetic reasons for repairing damage to the face, there are also a number of serious health and dental concerns that can arise from even a small amount of trauma. No facial injury should be taken lightly.
Depending on the exact location of the injury, respiration, speech and swallowing can be greatly impaired. Though broken facial bones are generally treated in the emergency room, our oral surgeons can quickly deal with minor damage to the teeth in our office. Failure to treat dental and facial trauma can lead to the following longer term problems:
- Loss of Functionality – When teeth have fallen victim to trauma, they may become loose in their sockets and make eating and speaking much more difficult.
- Smile Aesthetics – Chipped, broken or missing teeth can be detrimental to a beautiful smile.
- Bite/Jaw Irregularities – After trauma, it is possible that the teeth will become badly aligned. The poor alignment of the teeth can lead to TMJ, uneven teeth wear and other complications.
Facial trauma reconstruction
If your facial bones have been fractured or broken, we will treat them in much the same way as any other broken bone. Of course, a plaster cast cannot be applied to a cheekbone, but the bones can be held firmly together by either wiring or the insertion of small plates and screws. We will treat soft tissue lacerations immediately with sutures (stitching), using the fine skills of cosmetic surgery.
In some cases where you have had a tooth knocked cleanly out of your mouth, there is still a possibility we can reinsert it. The quicker we can do this, the greater the likelihood that the natural tooth will survive. If we find it is not possible to save the tooth, we can give you dental implants to restore both functionality and aesthetic appearance. We have been able to “splint” displaced teeth using structural support such as bonding or wiring with a good amount of success. Root canal therapy may also be a possibility for loose or broken teeth.