From minor cuts to severe facial fractures and injury, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts when it comes to treating facial trauma. Many injuries involving the teeth and face can be treated at our office in Grove City, OH, but treatment should be sought at a hospital if the trauma is extensive or severe. Because of their surgical expertise and specialized understanding of facial structures, oral surgeons are required trauma team members at Level I and Level II trauma centers.
A general dentist can fix a broken tooth, but a tooth that has been broken at the socket or completely knocked out may require treatment from an oral surgeon. They can perform a complete oral evaluation to make sure other areas of the mouth have not sustained further damage. A tooth that has been broken or knocked-out can be stabilized by bonding or wiring the tooth to a neighboring tooth as it heals.
The first 30 minutes after an injury are critical for saving a tooth. If your tooth has been completely knocked out, bring it to Greater Columbia Oral Surgery as soon as possible. Do not attempt to wipe off or disinfect the tooth – the tissues are essential for reattachment. If you can, place the tooth in a container or saliva or whole milk.
Many times, cuts on the face and inside the mouth can be treated with stitches. Your oral surgeon will utilize the best suturing technique to minimize scarring and promote optimal healing. They will also evaluate the many facial structures such as bones, salivary glands, and nerves to make sure they have not been damaged as a result of the injury.
Bone fractures of the jaw, cheekbones, or eye sockets require an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for their expert treatment. Since these bones cannot be set with traditional casts, an oral surgeon will use advanced surgical techniques to stabilize the bones. Wires, screws, and plates are typically used to set facial bones. Your oral surgeon will utilize the best technique to preserve facial aesthetics, optimize healing, and minimize scarring.
We know that a facial trauma injury can happen anywhere and at any time. Dr. Smith is an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is highly qualified to treat a range of facial trauma injuries. If you have experienced a facial or dental injury, please contact our office so we can treat you as soon as possible. If your injury is severe or extensive, please go to the nearest emergency room to see the oral and maxillofacial surgeon on call.