26 Apr How can I restore my smile’s appearance and function after facial trauma?
Facial trauma caused by a sports injury, accident or violence can compromise both the aesthetics and the function of your smile. Effective, timely treatment can help to restore both of these aspects of your smile, benefiting your self-esteem and your oral health.
Depending on the nature of the facial trauma, the patient may need to have damage to the jaw repaired surgically. This can help to preserve the smile’s stability, as well as the patient’s ability to speak and chew properly.
After suffering a facial injury, it’s important to consult with an oral surgeon quickly to learn what treatment will be most appropriate in your case. If you delay treatment, you may not heal correctly, and that can complicate efforts to restore your smile.
The oral surgeon can thoroughly evaluate your case to determine what interventions are necessary, such as repairing damaged soft tissues or re-setting a broken bone. The surgeon can perform any necessary procedures and make referrals to any other specialists who may need to be involved your care.
Your surgeon will educate you on the recommended intervention so that you will know what to expect for both the procedure and the subsequent recovery period. You will also be advised on your options for sedation and anesthesia so that you can make the best choice for that component of your care.
If your facial injury resulted in tooth loss, you will also need to consider tooth replacement treatments. Dental implants offer a structurally complete tooth replacement option that preserves much of the biological tooth’s functioning in addition to maintaining a beautiful smile. Because the bone fuses with a dental implant, this device helps to sustain the jaw’s stability and supports efficient chewing.
Restoring your smile after a facial injury will benefit your overall wellness. You should pursue treatment as soon as possible after your injury occurs so that you will heal properly and minimize your risk of adverse effects. Call our office to schedule an initial appointment with our caring team.