You can contact our offices in Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Adrian, or Dexter, MI, in the event of a facial trauma incident.
Each year, there are thousands of facial trauma cases treated by oral and maxillofacial surgeons across the country. In fact, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are key members of most emergency room trauma teams. Just like a cardiologist is called upon to treat specialized heart-related conditions, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will be called to assess and treat facial trauma cases.
Many vital functions, such as eating and breathing, occur due to the critical composition of the face. To ensure that facial trauma is treated properly, all patients should seek an educated and qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Oral surgeons undergo extensive specialty training to treat and repair damage to the facial skeleton and mouth, along with a range of other dental and surgical problems. To become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, all of our surgeons were required to complete at least four years of comprehensive surgical training in addition to earning a dental degree. The hands-on experience gained during surgical residency, provides our surgeons the confidence and skills needed to restore facial aesthetics and proportions, correct the functionality of the jaw and replace missing or damaged teeth in the mouth.
What causes facial trauma?
There are several events that patients experience that could lead to a facial trauma injury. Some of the most common causes of facial trauma injuries include
- Sports injuries
- Accidents in the home
- Work-related injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Physical assaults
There are numerous ways the face and mouth can be affected by trauma situations, which makes each facial trauma case unique. The specific surgical procedure that must be performed to treat the trauma is determined by assessing the area of the face that is injured and the severity of that injury. In some cases, multiple treatments are necessary to restore the face and mouth to its full original function and appearance. Some of the more commonly seen facial trauma injuries include
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
- Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
- Facial lacerations
- Intraoral lacerations
Minor injuries, such as knocked out teeth or facial laceration, may only require the placement of sutures or dental implants. Some serious incidents may involve a more complex approach and require more than one treatment. In either case, it is extremely important to treat facial trauma cases as soon as possible to ensure that the mouth and face are fully restored. Effective treatment can help deter the development of long-term complications such as tooth misalignment, the development of disorders of the temporomandibular joint, or jaw bone deterioration.
The Michigan Oral Surgeons team is available to treat your facial trauma case and pleased to assist you in restoring the natural look and function of your face and mouth following your facial trauma situation.