Our highly trained maxillofacial surgeons know that facial injuries can cause our patients both physically and emotional trauma. When creating a treatment plan we do our best to make sure once the injury is healed function has been restored along with appearance. Facial trauma can be cause from a variety of reasons including car accidents, sports injuries, and work-place related injuries. Facial traumas are generally classified into three areas; bone injuries, soft tissue injuries, or special region injuries.
- Bone injuries define any fracture to facial bones. The type of treatment is determined by the fracture size and location. Placing plates and screws at the fracture site allow for it to heal properly without the need to wire the jaw shut.
- Soft tissue injuries encompass the skin and gums and are most commonly seen as lacerations. The lacerations will be sutured to assist with healing and help prevent infection; and the area will also be checked for signs of damage to any nearby nerves, glands, or ducts.
- Special region injuries include the eye sockets, nose, or cheek bones. When one of these areas suffer a fracture, your face will swell, and you may have a challenging time closing and opening your mouth. Depending on the severity of the fracture you may be advised to follow a liquid diet while the fracture heals. If surgery is necessary your bones will be repositioned and then held together either with small screws and plates, or the jaw will be wired shut.
It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you have a facial trauma. Please call our office so that we may notify the staff of your arrival.