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Facial trauma

Traumatic injuries to the face, mouth, or head require attention and care from a trained oral surgeon, who works to ensure your facial structures heal properly.

Oral surgeons can treat facial trauma

Oral surgeons are uniquely qualified to treat all sorts of injuries resulting from facial trauma. Our oral surgeons understand the serious physical and emotional damage facial injuries can cause. Their hands-on surgical training and experience allow them to restore both the function and the appearance of your face or mouth after an injury.

Facial trauma injuries cause serious long-term damage if they are not treated immediately. Drs. Cooper, Teeples, Toponce, Reddinger, and Black are all on staff at local hospitals to treat emergency facial trauma patients, and they understand the urgency required when treating facial injuries. If you experience a facial trauma, our surgical team will see you as soon as possible (in most cases the same day you call) to diagnose and treat your facial trauma injury.

Types of facial injuries

Car accidents, accidental falls, sports injuries, interpersonal assaults, and other accidents can all cause facial trauma injuries. Common facial injuries that oral surgeons can treat are

  • Facial lacerations
  • Broken or knocked-out teeth
  • Oral lacerations
  • Fractured facial bones (eye socket, cheekbone, nose, etc.)
  • Fractured or dislocated jaws

Facial trauma treatment

The bones, muscles, and other structures of the face all work together to perform daily functions like smiling and eating. Oral surgeons like Dr. Teeples, Dr. Toponce, Dr. Cooper, Dr. Reddinger, and Dr. Black are trained to restore this delicate balance while also preserving the aesthetics of the face after a facial trauma injury. Below are a few of the methods for treating common facial injuries.

Soft Tissue Injuries: Depending on the severity, most facial cuts are treated by suturing. Your surgeon will suture your injury in a manner that produces the most aesthetically pleasing cosmetic results. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can also ensure that any injuries to surrounding structures like facial nerves or glands are recognized and treated properly.

Facial Bone Fractures: The course of treatment for facial fractures depends on the severity and location of the fracture. Generally, the fracture must be stabilized to allow for proper healing. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can surgically implant wires, plates, or screws to hold facial bones in place while they heal. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in performing facial surgeries in the least invasive manner possible, strategically placing incisions to achieve the most attractive results.

Tooth and Mouth Injuries: Oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in treating serious tooth injuries, such as knocked-out teeth or damaged jaw bones. The sooner the tooth is brought to a dental professional, the better the chances of saving the tooth. If your tooth is knocked out, place it in some milk and bring it to the office as soon as possible. Do not try to clean the tooth, as you can damage the tissues attached to the tooth, which are important for replacement. The oral and maxillofacial surgeon will reinsert the tooth into the socket as soon as possible and secure the tooth in place.

Traumatic facial injuries can be very physically and emotionally taxing, and our team will support you throughout your treatment and recovery. If you experience a facial trauma injury, contact our office in Kennewick, WA. We will schedule your appointment as soon as possible, usually the day you call. Treating facial injuries early can prevent serious problems later on.