Facial Trauma

One of the most frightening types of injuries is an injury to the face. Frightening because of the dangerous nature of any trauma to the
head, and frightening because of the possibility of long-lasting complications.

One thing you should know is that if you ever encounter a serious injury like this is that there are people specially trained to deal with injuries to the face, mouth, and jaw. These people are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the professionals who work with them. Their training and expertise uniquely qualifies them to treat facial trauma.

One of the most common and potentially serious injuries to the face is a broken bone. Whether the fracture occurs in the lower jaw, upper jaw, palate, cheekbones, eye socket, or a combination of these, this type of injury can affect sight, and the ability to breathe, speak, or swallow properly. Other injuries include, lacerations, abrasions, and broken teeth.

Treating fractures of the face is similar to treating fractures in other parts of the body. However, because of the complex and delicate nature of facial bone structure, special care must be taken to ensure proper healing and restored function of the affected area.

When a fracture occurs, the fractured bones must be lined up (reduced) and held in position long enough to permit them time to heal. This could require up to six or more weeks depending on a patient’s age, and the complexity of the fracture. In the case of extensive fractures, multiple incisions
Facial Traumato expose the bones and a combination of wiring or plating techniques may be required to treat the injury. Oral and Maxillofacial  Surgeons with their special training and experience are uniquely qualified to treat such fractures.
 
Not every facial injury is extensive, but any facial injury can be more complex than it seems on the surface. For instance, if a patient experiences a moderate cut to the lip, one that requires stitches to repair. The placement of those stitches must be precise to produce an acceptable cosmetic result. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons specialize in this type of repair, so their expertise can be invaluable in treating an injury of this type.