You do your best every day to take care of yourself. However, sometimes, accidents happen. Facial trauma, which includes any injury (lacerations, burns, contusions, fractures) to the inside or outside of the mouth and face, are serious and need to be addressed right away. Even minor injuries can have serious consequences and should be seen to as soon as possible. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, we are experienced in dealing with facial trauma and can provide you with the treatment you need to restore the aesthetics and functions of your mouth.
CAUSES OF FACIAL TRAUMA
There are several different causes of facial trauma, including:
- Automobile accidents. These are the leading cause of facial trauma.
- Sports-related accidents, such as colliding with another player during a game.
- Accidental falls.
- Physical altercations.
TYPES OF FACIAL TRAUMA
Facial trauma can affect any region of the face. There are several different types:
- Soft tissue injuries, including lacerations, burns, and contusions.
- Fractured facial bones. These can include jaw fractures, as well as fractures of the nose, cheeks, eye sockets, or forehead.
- Injuries to your teeth. Your teeth may be driven deeper into your jawbone or may become partially dislodged. In some cases, they may come out completely.
SOFT TISSUE TRAUMA
Soft tissue trauma can be either trauma to the tissues inside your mouth, or trauma to your face. You may have experienced a cut, a burn, or another type of contusion. The soft tissues of your face and mouth are filled with nerves and blood vessels. Certain areas of your soft tissues also contain salivary glands and ducts. When nerves, glands, and ducts are injured, repairs are needed quickly to restore their function. This requires the assistance of a trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Not only can we help to restore the appearance of your face, helping to minimize scarring, we can also restore function to any damaged nerves, glands, and ducts.
TRAUMA TO FACIAL BONES
When facial bones are fractured, they need to be set. However, unlike fractures to other bones, they cannot be set with a cast. We can set facial bones in one of two ways. The first way is through wiring, which is often done with fractures to the jaw. Wiring helps to prevent movement, stabilizing the bones so that they can heal. The other method of setting facial bones is through the use of plates and screws. The major advantage to plates and screws is that you have full use of your jaw as you heal. In most cases, the plates and screws are left permanently in place.
TRAUMA TO YOUR TEETH
When you experience facial trauma, injuries to your teeth are not all that uncommon. Sometimes, the teeth are pushed deeper into the jawbone. In other cases, the teeth are partially dislodged. In either case, we can set your tooth back to its proper position, and hold it in place using a splint while you heal.
In some cases of facial trauma, your tooth may be knocked out completely. If this happens, it is important to know that the tooth may be able to be saved, if you act quickly. Find the tooth and rinse it off with cool water. Be careful to only handle the tooth by the crown. Then, store the tooth in a glass of milk until you can be seen for treatment.
If you have suffered facial trauma, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Contact National Dental Oakland Gardens right away at (718) 407-0574!