Many people are under the impression that their oral surgeon is only able to treat problems with their teeth, but this simply isn't the case. In fact, oral and maxillofacial surgeons can treat a variety of facial injuries that result from trauma, improving upon critical areas like speaking, swallowing, speaking, and breathing, as well as restoring the appearance of your face. Find out why you need to contact an oral surgeon if you are suffering from an injury as a result of facial trauma.
Facial Trauma Issues an Oral Surgeon Can Treat
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon can offer treatment options for soft tissue injuries, eye trauma, facial bone injuries, and issues involving the salivary glands and nerves. Some of the injuries that oral surgeons treat can include:
Mouth and facial lacerations
Broken and knocked-out teeth
Broken noses and other facial fractures
Cheekbone and eye socket fractures
Fractured upper and lower jaws
Complex trauma and injuries to the soft tissues
Treating Injuries to Facial Bones
If you have an injury to a facial bone, it is important to align and stabilize it promptly. This can be a tricky endeavor since casts aren't available to stabilize the bones of the face, so an experienced oral surgeon is crucial in proper healing.
Treating Broken Jaw Bones
The exact treatment method for a broken jaw will vary depending on the conditions, but some may require wiring of the lower and upper jaws together.
Treating Injuries Involving the Teeth
A broken tooth might require an oral surgeon to treat fractures of the jaw bone, and they may also place dental implants if the teeth are lost and cannot be replanted.
If you have suffered facial trauma and want to know if an oral surgeon can help you, contact our office to set up a consultation.