Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, as specialists in the structures of the face, are uniquely qualified to perform surgery on the face with the highest regard for a patient’s health and aesthetic needs.
Treating facial injuries is a science and an art. The skeletal structure of the face is quite unique when compared to other areas of the body, and requires a great amount of experience, care and skill to achieve favorable surgical outcomes. For example, the upper jawbone (“maxilla”) includes the eye sockets and nose, a complex relationship that oral surgeons have an advantage working with thanks to an acute understanding of how the features of the face work together to create a person’s unique look.
Causes of Facial Trauma
There are many causes of maxillofacial trauma that may require facial surgery. Here are some of the most common that we see at the Center for Oral Facial & Implant Surgery:
- Car Accidents
- Sports Injuries
- Work Accidents
Types of Facial Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries: Oral and facial lacerations are treated with careful concern for the cosmetic outcome and consideration of the positioning of nerves, glands and ducts.
- Facial Fractures: For broken facial bones, we sometimes use screws and plates to secure the bones in place while healing occurs. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform facial reconstruction procedures with the highest care given to minimizing scarring of the soft tissues.
- Fractured Jaw: Jaw injuries often require similar treatments to other facial fractures, but may also require the “wiring of the jaw” to realign the bite in the case of occlusal issues resulting from injury.
An injury to the face is a serious matter. Call the Center for Oral Facial & Implant Surgery today for expert care in treating your injury and preserving your facial aesthetics.