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). In fact, 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 but not limited to breathing problems, difficulty chewing or swallowing food, unsightly scarring, and even vision problems. Oral surgeons receive years of additional training to repair complex facial lacerations and fractures correctly. Our oral surgeons can restore function and movement to the face using surgical techniques that eliminate scarring and create the best possible aesthetic results.
How are facial trauma injuries treated?
Treatment for facial trauma injuries varies depending on the nature of the injury, the patient’s age, and other health factors. If the injury is serious and requires immediate attention, the procedure will most likely take place at a hospital, where one of our oral surgeons will be called in to perform the surgery. For less severe injuries, our offices contain surgical-style operating suites with all of the most advanced monitoring equipment and tools to ensure that each procedure goes smoothly.
Cuts (lacerations). Usually, stitches are the best way to repair facial cuts and lesions. Our oral 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 typically treated similarly to any other fracture — the bones must be stabilized in their correct positions while they heal. Usually, 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. These surgical techniques are performed in a way that minimizes scarring and healing times, ensuring the best possible cosmetic and functional results.
Tooth injuries and intraoral injuries. Dentists and other dental professionals can often repair minor tooth injuries, but when a facial injury knocks out a tooth or damages the bone surrounding the teeth, an oral surgeon is best suited to replace teeth and repair intraoral wounds. When a tooth is knocked out, an oral surgeon may be able to replace the tooth if it is brought in right away. Sometimes your oral surgeon will call in an endodontist or other dental professional to 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 it is impossible to save your natural tooth, oral surgeons can provide permanent tooth replacement options such as dental implants, which look and function just like your natural tooth would.
We Offer Facial Trauma Injury Treatments for Patients Across King and Pierce Counties.
If you require treatment for a facial trauma injury, contact one of our offices; we have four convenient locations in Auburn, WA, Federal Way, WA, Renton, WA, and Maple Valley, WA. 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). If your injury is severe, make sure you seek emergency treatment immediately. For more information about facial trauma treatment, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.