Facial trauma caused by a fall, accident, sports injury or other insult to the jaw and surrounding structures, generally will require some degree of intervention by an oral surgeon. Those procedures may repair damage to the teeth, bones or soft oral tissues or any combination of the three.
The type of facial trauma sustained will influence the most appropriate and effective treatment. Your provider can advise you of the best approach in your situation after evaluating your case.
Facial trauma caused by a fall, accident, sports injury or other insult to the jaw and surrounding structures, generally will require some degree of intervention by an oral surgeon.
Facial Injuries That May Be Addressed By Oral Surgeons
A facial trauma can result in any of the following injuries:
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
- Jawbone fractures
- Fractures of other facial bones
- Lacerations to the soft oral tissues
In acute cases, patients may need to visit their local emergency department to have the injury stabilized and then follow up with an oral surgeon for ongoing care. Patients may seek care directly from an oral surgeon in other scenarios.
Interventions Used In Treating Facial Trauma
Depending on your needs, your surgeon may recommend one of the following interventions or a combination of multiple treatments:
- Corrective jaw surgery
- Bone grafting
- Soft tissue grafting
This list of possible facial trauma interventions is far from comprehensive, however. If there are more specialized services that might be beneficial in your case, we can provide that information at your initial consultation.
Ongoing Treatment For Facial Trauma
It’s important for patients to recognize that facial trauma often warrants multiple follow-up treatments. In fact, treatment may occur in a series of stages. Going into the treatment process with this knowledge helps patients better know what to expect from it.
We also recommend that our patients take steps to prevent future facial trauma after their treatment. This can be as simple as being diligent about buckling your seat belt every time you get into a car or wearing a protective mouthguard when playing contact sports.
Our ultimate goal is to restore our patients’ facial structures and aesthetics to their pre-injury form whenever possible. Schedule a consultation with our team at Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates to learn more about how we can achieve those results for you.