The term facial trauma can refer to any injury to the teeth, face, or jaw bones. These types of injuries commonly occur as a result of work, sports, or car accidents. Many people don’t realize that oral surgeons specialize in the treatment of facial trauma conditions, such as
- Fractures or dislocated jaw bones
- Cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth
- Facial cuts or lacerations
- Fractures of the cheekbones or eye sockets
Treating Facial Injuries
There are a variety of types of facial injuries, and each one has its own treatment. When you visit Bellaire Facial, Oral & Dental Implant Surgery for your consultation, our doctor will examine your condition and determine which treatment best fits your needs. The most common facial trauma injuries and treatments are below:
Cuts and lacerations are common minor injuries that oral surgeons can treat using sutures. Oral surgeons have extensive training in treating facial injuries, and they know the best technique for stitching up cuts with minimal scarring. We can help you achieve the best cosmetic results.
When you fracture your facial bones, they must be stabilized in order to heal, just like any other broken bone. Whereas other bones can be put in a cast, however, facial bones cannot be held in place the same way. Tiny wires, screws, and plates are typically required to set facial bones, and they also allow patients to maintain their facial appearance during the healing process. They are invisible beneath the skin, so they repair your injuries while producing little impact on your appearance.
A dental injury can refer to a simple cracked tooth or to a completely knocked-out (avulsed) tooth. Dentists can often repair teeth in minor instances of broken or cracked teeth. When teeth are too severely broken or completely knocked out, however, you may require attention from an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons have the ability to reinsert avulsed teeth when the situation allows it. If you experience a knocked-out tooth, it’s important to put the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva and visit our office as soon as possible, preferably within 30 minutes of the injury. Cases in which reinsertion is not possible can be treated through tooth replacement, such as with dental implants.
Facial Trauma Treatment at Bellaire Facial, Oral & Dental Implant Surgery
If you experience a facial trauma injury, we encourage you to visit our office in Bellaire, TX. Our doctor is highly trained to treat all types of facial injuries, and he can help you restore your smile and appearance. We look forward to meeting you.