Seeing an Oral Surgeon After Any Type of Facial Injury
Posted on 3/20/2018 by Tricia Ramsay
If you are involved in an accident or are hit in your face, you may suffer a facial injury that calls for oral surgery. Not all types of facial trauma or injury may need surgery, however, if the injuries involve a facial fracture, surgery may be an option.
Facial injuries can result in tooth loss. People with missing teeth will need tooth replacement to restore their beautiful smile and help with tooth misalignment and jawbone degeneration. If you have facial injury that has resulted in tooth loss, the most recommended treatment is oral surgery.
Minor Facial Injuries
Sometimes, bruises, scrapes and cuts may be treated at home and a patient may not need to see an oral surgeon. That said, there are times when the injury may seem minor, but the damage is more serious than you think.
The injury may be beyond the superficial soft tissue of your face. There may be unseen issues with your jaw, glands, teeth, and nerves. In such situations, you may need oral surgery to prevent complications.
Oral Surgery for Facial Injury
When you have fractures occurring in other parts of your body, the treatment will mostly involve a cast. However, when it comes to facial bones, casts cannot stabilize the bones. The treatment options available for facial injuries may vary depending on the extent of damage.
A patient may need wiring of the jaw and securing of the bones using small plates and screws. A patient may also need bone grafting and the surgical plan will be based on the severity and location of the fracture. Where a facial trauma has occurred leading to tooth loss, the preferred treatment is a dental implant surgery.
Dental implants will fit, feel, as well as function like a natural tooth. Placing dental implants in the jaw helps prevent bone degeneration. We can help you determine what treatment best suits you if you have any type of facial injury.