Facial trauma refers to any injury to the face, teeth, or inside of the mouth. If you experience a facial injury, our oral surgeons may be able to help at our offices in Los Angeles, CA, and Bakersfield, CA. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, like our surgical staff at Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, are experts at repairing facial and dental injuries.
Whether your trauma was the result of a sports injury, an accidental fall, or another incident, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Doing so can prevent future complications. If you experience a facial cut, broken tooth, or fractured facial bone, our staff will see you as soon as possible — usually the day you call. Oral surgeons undergo years of hospital-based training where they learn to repair facial injuries while preserving the appearance of your face.
Treating Facial Injuries
The face is one of the most complicated parts of the body: various muscles, glands, nerves, and structures must work together in perfect harmony for a person to eat, speak, and function normally. Oral surgeons are trained to restore both the function and the appearance of your face after an injury. Depending on the location and extent of your injury, one or more of the following methods may be used:
- Soft tissue injuries. With soft tissue injuries, such as facial lacerations or intraoral cuts, oral surgeons usually treat the injury with sutures. Our surgeons understand the need to prevent scarring, and they can use techniques that hide or minimize any visible scars once your injury heals.
- Bone injuries/fractures. Doctors treat broken bones by stabilizing the bone in its proper position. With most body parts, a cast is used to hold the bones in place, but it’s impossible (and impractical) to place a cast over the smaller facial bones (eye sockets, jaws, etc.). Instead, oral surgeons surgically place tiny plates to secure your facial bones after an injury.
- Dental injuries. Sometimes your dentist can repair a broken or cracked tooth, but when an injury damages the tooth socket or knocks out a tooth, an oral surgeon may be necessary. Oral surgeons can often restore an avulsed tooth or repair a damaged tooth socket.
If you lose an adult tooth, bring it into the office right away because the best chances of replacement are within the first 30 minutes after tooth loss. Make sure you don’t wipe off or clean the tooth, as doing so can damage tissues that are important for replacement. Just put the tooth in a container of saliva or whole milk and bring it in as quickly as possible.
Facial Trauma Treatment in Los Angeles, CA, and Bakersfield, CA
At Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our oral surgeons are trained and experienced at repairing facial injuries. If you experience a facial or dental injury, our staff will do everything possible to help you as soon as possible. Contact one of our offices to schedule an appointment or for more information.