Fully Treat and Repair Facial Injuries
Facial trauma injuries include any wound to the forehead, eyes, nose, cheeks, jaws, lips, or mouth. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in the treatment of facial bone fractures as well as soft tissue injuries, such as lacerations to the skin. Our oral surgeons are on call at local hospitals to treat emergency facial injury cases as they arise.
It is critical to treat facial trauma injuries as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Leaving facial injuries untreated can lead to complications later in life, including breathing problems, difficulty chewing or swallowing food, scarring, and vision problems. Oral surgeons receive years of additional training to repair complex facial lacerations and fractures correctly. Dr. Rick Edwards, Dr. Carl Johnson, and Dr. Ben Johnson can restore function and movement to the face using surgical techniques that eliminate scarring and create the best possible aesthetic results.
Treatment for Facial Injuries
If you are experiencing an emergency, go to the nearest emergency room to receive care from the oral surgeon on call.
Your treatment will vary depending on your condition. During your first visit to Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we will take 3D scans of your face and mouth. These scans produce highly detailed digital images that our staff can view from virtually any angle to track facial structures throughout the healing process. We also offer many anesthesia options to choose from during any surgical procedure to keep you as comfortable as possible.
- Cuts or Lacerations. Usually, stitches are used to repair facial cuts and lesions. Our surgeons use suturing techniques that create the best possible cosmetic results. While examining your injury, an oral surgeon will also be able to account for any damage to vital facial structures such as nerves and salivary ducts and glands.
- Facial Fractures. Treatments for fractures to the jaws, eye sockets, cheekbones, and other facial bones vary depending on the extent and location of the injury. Facial fractures are treated similarly to any other fracture; the bones must be stabilized in their correct positions while they heal. Fractures to other parts of the body are stabilized using casts or splints, but this is not possible for facial bones. Instead, oral surgeons can surgically place small plates and screws to secure facial bones.
- Tooth/Intraoral Injuries. Dentists can repair minor tooth injuries, but when an injury knocks out a tooth or damages the bone surrounding the teeth, an oral surgeon is needed. When a tooth is knocked out, an oral surgeon may be able to replace the tooth if it is brought in right away. An endodontist may sometimes help restore the tooth. Never wipe off or clean a tooth that has been knocked out, as the ligaments attached to the tooth are crucial for replacement. If your natural tooth cannot be saved, we offer natural-looking restorative options like dental implants to restore your smile.
At Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we understand the urgency required when treating facial trauma injuries, and in most cases, we will see you the same day you call, either at one of our convenient surgical offices or a nearby hospital, depending on the severity of your condition. For more information about facial trauma treatment, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.