Every year, there are more than three million cases of facial trauma admitted to hospitals in the United States. It is not uncommon for oral and maxillofacial surgeons to be on staff and at emergency rooms to help with treatment of facial trauma patients.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most qualified specialists to assess and treat cases of facial trauma. No two facial traumas are the same, which is why oral surgeons have had extensive training to provide them the necessary skills to address a range of dental and surgical problems. After their dental school education, oral surgeons have to complete four to six years of comprehensive, hospital-based surgical training and medical education. Such training qualifies them as experts in restoring the aesthetics of the face, replacing damaged or missing teeth, and correcting functionality of the jaw.
Because there are several different ways the face and mouth can be affected by trauma, you will want to seek an expert’s opinion and care. You really can’t put a price on the value of restoring facial function and appearance. Some of the more frequently seen facial trauma injuries include
- Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
- Facial lacerations (cuts)
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower)
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
- Intraoral lacerations
What causes facial trauma?
Facial trauma injuries are caused by various emergency situations like falls, sports injuries, automobile accidents, work-related injuries, physical assaults, and accidents in the home. The treatment necessary to correct the problem will be determined by the type of injury you sustain. Minor injuries, such as knocked-out teeth or facial lacerations (which may not seem minor), are often readily repaired by repositioning and suturing. Injuries like a broken jaw and other broken facial bones may involve more than one treatment.
Facial trauma is best treated promptly to avoid long-term problems that may arise if left untreated. Failure to treat facial trauma can result in serious oral health problems and more extensive treatment to correct resorption and malunion of the jaw bone, temporomandibular joint disorders, misalignment of the jaw and bite, and prolonged facial pain and disfigurement.
At Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, Drs. Goldberg and Pitrowski are passionate about helping restore oral and maxillofacial function and aesthetics to every patient who has been in a trauma situation by providing accurate, comprehensive care in a very compassionate manner. If you have suffered a facial injury of any sort, we encourage you to contact our office immediately.