Common concerns about facial trauma
What is facial trauma?
Facial trauma can refer to any tooth, jaw bone, or facial injury. The treatment you need will depend on the severity and location of your trauma. The most common facial trauma conditions that oral surgeons treat include the following:
- Facial bone fractures, such as cheekbones and eye sockets
- Fractured or dislocated jaw bones
- Broken or avulsed teeth
- Facial cuts or lacerations
How will my facial injuries be treated?
At Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery, we believe in providing compassionate and personalized care to all of our patients. Your treatment will depend on your specific injury. Some general treatment plans for common injuries include the following:
When patients suffer from cuts or lacerations on the face or in the mouth, oral surgeons can use sutures to stitch them up. Oral surgeons have received extensive training and know the best suturing techniques to ensure you experience minimal scarring. We want you to receive the best possible cosmetic results.
Much like other bones, facial bones must be stabilized when they are broken so they can heal properly. Unlike other bones, however, facial bones cannot be held in place with traditional casts. Instead, tiny screws, plates, and wires are more practical for setting facial bones while keeping the patient’s appearance intact. When oral surgeons use these tools to hold your facial bones in place, they are invisible beneath the skin and produce minimal scarring while repairing your injuries.
A dental injury can range anywhere from a cracked tooth to an avulsed (knocked-out) tooth. In minor instances of a cracked or broken tooth, a dentist can often repair it. An oral surgeon will need to replace the tooth in more severe cases. A tooth broken completely down the socked would be an example.
Visit an oral surgeon immediately if your tooth is knocked out. Sometimes they can reinsert your natural tooth and save it. The first 30 minutes after suffering an injury provide the best chance for tooth replacement. If you have the tooth, we encourage you to bring it in right away in either a container of saliva or whole milk. Do not wipe off the tooth or try to disinfect it. If your natural tooth cannot be saved, we can discuss replacement options, such as dental implants.
Now that you’ve listened to stories from our patients, we encourage you to learn more about our doctors, team, and practice so you can see how we dedicate our time to provide the highest quality treatments with the most up-to-date technology.