Many people think facial reconstruction is only necessary for individuals who were involved in traumatic accidents or fires. While these individuals do benefit significantly from facial reconstruction, other conditions may necessitate such a procedure, including tumor removal or correcting problems associated with the long-term effects of wearing dentures.
Types of Facial & Dental Trauma
Each facial trauma is truly unique because every facial structure is different, and there are numerous ways the face and mouth can suffer a traumatic injury. The surgical procedure needed to treat facial trauma is determined by assessing the area of the face that is injured and the severity of that injury. In some cases, multiple treatments may be necessary to fully restore the face and mouth to its original function and appearance. Some common facial trauma injuries include
- Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
- Facial lacerations
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
- Intraoral lacerations
Facial trauma incidents that cause minor injuries, such as knocked-out teeth or a facial laceration, may only require sutures or dental implants. Some more serious incidents may involve an extensive treatment plan and specific approach to treat the injury. Minor or severe, it is extremely important to treat facial trauma cases as soon as possible. Quick treatment ensures that the mouth and face are treated efficiently to be fully restored. Effective treatment will prevent the development of long-term complications such as tooth misalignment, jaw bone deterioration, and the development of disorders of the temporomandibular joint of the jaw.
Who should treat my facial trauma injury?
To ensure that facial trauma is treated appropriately, patients who are faced with trauma or injury should seek the care of a qualified oral and facial surgeon. Oral surgeons undergo extensive specialty training to properly treat and repair damage to the facial skeleton and mouth, along with a range of other dental and surgical problems. All of our surgeons were required to complete at least four years of comprehensive surgical training in addition to earning their dental degree. This required residency allows oral surgeons to gain important hands-on training that establishes both the confidence and skills needed to correct facial trauma injuries. Oral surgeons focus on restoring the functionality of the jaw and replace missing or damaged teeth in the mouth to restore facial aesthetics and proportions.
The Greater Modesto Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center team is available to meet with you, assess any facial trauma, and offer a course of treatment. We are pleased to assist you in restoring the natural look and function of your face and mouth following your facial trauma situation.