3 Procedures Used to Treat & Correct Facial Trauma

3 Procedures Used to Treat & Correct Facial Trauma

Facial trauma can occur during falls, accidents, injuries, or violence. The effects of this trauma can be both physical and emotional. Dr. Miller at Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates offers several facial trauma procedures to help patients regain their smiles and their quality of life after experiencing facial trauma.

If any of your injuries require urgent treatment, go directly to your local emergency room. After you have received the necessary immediate care, call our office. We can help with restoration after injuries to the facial bones, teeth, or soft oral tissues. Here are the three procedures we use to treat and correct these types of facial trauma.

1. Corrective Jaw SurgeryPhoto by Andrea Piacquadio: https://www.pexels.com/photo/shallow-focus-photo-of-woman-in-white-and-black-stripe-shirt-3808804/

Jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is one restorative facial trauma procedure. It can help realign the jaws and teeth after sustaining an injury. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will take X-rays, pictures, and models of your teeth to plan for your surgery and optimal results.

Additionally, imaging tools such as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) can help your oral surgeon determine how best to repair the damage.

2. Bone Grafting

If you have broken facial bones, especially the jaw bone, Dr. Miller may recommend bone grafting. This facial trauma procedure uses bone tissue from a donor or other areas of your body to repair the broken bones in your face. With successful bone grafting, your broken facial bone can fully heal and be restored.

3. Soft Tissue Grafting/Reconstruction

Soft tissue grafting can help repair injuries such as tears or cuts to the soft tissues of the face and mouth, including the cheeks, gums, or tongue. This procedure involves using soft tissue from another area of the body to improve the function and appearance of the injured facial tissue.

What to Expect with Facial Trauma Procedures

Because your mouth and face have several important roles, including smiling, eating, and speaking, reconstruction is important to help patients regain their quality of life.

Depending on the extent of your facial trauma, you may need a few facial trauma procedures spread out over time to achieve the best outcomes. Dr. Miller will provide guidance and information about your personalized treatment plan.

He understands that your appearance is also an important part of recovering from facial trauma. He makes sure to consider your aesthetic concerns when creating a treatment plan for injuries.

Learn more about facial trauma and your recovery options with Dr. Miller at COOMSA. He provides compassionate care and is dedicated to restoring your smile.