Injuries to the face and jaw can be scary, especially if there is lasting damage. However, if you have a skilled team of surgeons, you can restore your appearance and normal facial functions with minimal drawbacks. Texas Oral Surgery Group is here to offer treatment for facial trauma near Plano, Texas!
There are several possible causes of facial trauma, including motor vehicle accidents, accidental falls, sports injuries, interpersonal violence, and work-related injuries. Types of facial injuries can range from injuries of teeth to extremely severe injuries of the skin and bones of the face. Typically, facial injuries are classified as either soft tissue injuries (skin and gums), bone injuries (fractures), or injuries to particular regions (such as the eyes, facial nerves, or the salivary glands).
When soft tissue injuries such as lacerations occur on the face, they are repaired by suturing. In addition to the obvious concern of providing a repair that yields the best cosmetic result possible, care is taken to inspect for and treat injuries to structures such as facial nerves, salivary glands, and salivary ducts (or outflow channels). Drs. Stewart and Michael are well-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons and are proficient at diagnosing and treating all types of facial lacerations.
Fractures of the bones of the face are treated like fractures in other parts of the body. The specific form of treatment is determined by various factors, including the location of the fracture, the severity of the fracture, the age, and the general health of the patient. When an arm or a leg is fractured, a cast is often applied to stabilize the bone to allow for proper healing. Since a cast cannot be placed on the face, other means have been developed to stabilize facial fractures.
One of these options involves wiring the jaws together for certain fractures of the upper and/or lower jaw. Certain other types of jaw fractures are best treated and stabilized by the surgical placement of small plates and screws at the involved site. This treatment technique can often allow for healing and obviates the necessity of having the jaws wired together. This technique is called “rigid fixation” of a fracture. The relatively recent development and use of rigid fixation have profoundly improved the recovery period for many patients, allowing them to return to normal function more quickly.
The treatment of facial fractures should be accomplished thoroughly and predictably. More importantly, the patient’s facial appearance should be minimally affected. An attempt at accessing the facial bones through the fewest incisions necessary is always made. At the same time, the incisions that become necessary are designed to be small and, whenever possible, are placed so that the resultant scar is hidden.
Isolated injuries to teeth are quite common and may require the expertise of various dental specialists. Oral surgeons are usually involved in treating fractures in the supporting bone or replanting teeth that have been displaced or knocked out. These types of injuries are treated by one of a number of forms of splinting (stabilizing by wiring or bonding teeth together). If a tooth is knocked out, it should be placed in saltwater or milk. The sooner the tooth is re-inserted into the dental socket, the better chance it will survive. Therefore, the patient should see a dentist or oral surgeon as quickly as possible.
Never attempt to wipe the tooth off since remnants of the ligament that hold the tooth in the jaw are attached and vital to replanting the tooth. Other dental specialists may be called upon, such as endodontists, who may be asked to perform root canal therapy, and/or restorative dentists who may need to repair or rebuild fractured teeth. If injured teeth cannot be saved or restored, dental implants are often now utilized as replacements for missing teeth.
The proper treatment of facial injuries is now the realm of specialists who are well versed in emergency care, acute treatment, long-term reconstruction, and rehabilitation of the patient.
Our Texas Oral Surgery Group team is uniquely equipped to handle a wide range of facial injuries. If you are looking for a surgical team you can rely on for proven results, we are the ones to call. Get in touch today to learn more!Contact Us Today!