Some problems that compromise the facial structures are congenital or developmental, while others are directly caused by injury caused by issues such as a car accident or an injury while playing a contact sport. An oral surgeon can provide treatment in any of these scenarios, and this treatment can improve the function of the jaw’s components or the teeth, as well as restore the smile’s appearance.
Trauma can affect the bone, soft tissues or teeth or any combination of the three, and different types of injury will require a different approach to treatment. A laceration of the gums may be treated with a few sutures, while jaw fractures can require extensive surgery.
An oral surgeon must rely on a unique skill set to treat injuries resulting from facial trauma, as such injuries often present as an emergency situation and require immediate intervention. In fact, patients who postpone treatment after suffering a facial injury may find that they are creating a more challenging environment for the oral surgeon, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible after sustaining the injury.
Although patients should seek assistance from a dental professional as soon as possible after a facial injury, it is possible to take steps to increase your chances of saving a natural tooth. For example, after a tooth has been knocked out, storing it in salt water or milk, can increase the chances of preserving the tooth if it is re-inserted into the socket quickly.
Our oral surgeons are experienced in treating a wide variety of injuries resulting from facial trauma, and our office is equipped to handle calls 24 hours a day. If you experience a dental emergency, call our office for guidance. If the injury is severe (for example, it is accompanied by excessive bleeding), go to the emergency room for immediate treatment and follow up with one of our surgeons as soon as possible.