Facial Trauma Oral Surgery
Maxillofacial trauma is a serious and unfortunate situation that many people around the world deal with. Often resulting due to accidents, facial trauma involves any injury to the face, mouth, lips, teeth, or jaw. A highly trained oral or maxillofacial surgeon are the ones who intervene in such scenarios, treating your facial trauma for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
Be it mild or severe, injuries to the oral cavity should never be taken lightly. If you or someone close to you has suffered injuries to the maxillofacial region, our expert team at Beaverton Oral Surgeons can help you.
Examples of Facial Trauma
Since facial trauma can be any sort of injury to the face, it encompasses a large number of injuries. The most basic and common kind is any sort of facial fracture or maxillofacial damage. This usually occurs due to an accident or fall and affects the nose, cheek, jaw, or eye sockets, with nasal fractures being the most common. In these cases, the surgeon will have to stabilize and fuse the bones back together, usually by adding metal pieces like screws or plates.
There are other treatment methods for facial fractures, such as wiring the bones together, usually for jaw fractures. This method is less severe than the metal plates, but it depends on the fracture itself, how bad it is, and where it is. While it may sound like this sort of surgery will completely ruin a person’s face, it has very little cosmetic damage.
Another major kind of facial trauma is soft tissue damage to the face or jaw. This means any kind of damage or injury unrelated to the bone itself, such as cuts and lacerations. Just like any kind of cut on your body, facial soft tissue damage is usually repaired using stitches.
Dental trauma could also affect the facial structure. Missing or dislodged teeth and fractures can affect the aesthetics of your jaw and mouth. With dental trauma, the teeth are usually either implanted or stabilized with splints. Your oral surgeon will fix your teeth and in turn, give you your perfect facial structure again.
Is Facial Trauma Surgery Enough?
Depending on severity of the trauma and injury, your oral surgery may be enough to treat your injury with minimal side effects such as scarring. However, in extreme cases, the surgery may involve reconstruction, which will be more intensive and complex.
Symptoms of Facial Trauma
While it may seem like signs of facial trauma are apparent, some minor trauma may go unnoticed or be easy to ignore. For example, you can have a hairline fracture that you are completely unaware of. The symptoms for such injuries include swelling, bleeding from the mouth or gums, soreness in the jaw or facial bones, unidentifiable pain, or strange cracking sensations when you move your face or jaw.
Overall, paying a visit to your oral or maxillofacial surgeon will save you a lot of trouble and pain in the future. Taking care of any facial trauma should be done as soon as possible so it does not end up affecting your general health or appearance. To learn more about facial trauma oral surgery, you can visit us at Beaverton Oral Surgeons. Give us a call at (971) 249-8370.