Facial trauma is a broad term that covers a number of different injuries to the face and mouth, and includes such injuries as cuts, burns, contusions, and more. While facial injuries range in severity, it is important to have them examined promptly, even if days, weeks or even months later. At Joe Radakovich DMD, we can provide you with the treatments you need to restore your face, your mouth, and your quality of life.
What Causes Facial Trauma?
Facial trauma can occur in some different situations, including such things as:
What Types of Facial Trauma Are There?
There are a few different types of facial trauma. They may occur on their own, or they may occur together.
Treating Soft Tissue Injuries
Your face and mouth consist of a significant amount of soft tissue. Along with being delicate, this tissue contains blood vessels and nerves. Certain areas of your soft tissues also house salivary glands and ducts. Facial trauma that affects your soft tissues can not only affect your appearance; they can also harm the functions of these systems. At Joe Radakovich DMD, we are experts at repairing soft tissue injuries. Not only can we restore your appearance, we can also repair blood vessels, nerves, salivary glands, and salivary ducts, helping to ensure the function properly.
Treating Bone Injuries
Fractures can happen to facial bones just like they can happen to any other bone in your body. Unfortunately, unlike other bones, facial bones cannot be set with a cast. There are a couple of ways that we can set bones in your face, allowing them to heal.
The first way in which facial bones are set, particularly in the jaw, is with wire. The jaw is wired shut, prohibiting movement. After you have healed, the wire is removed and movement restored. The second way facial bones are set is by using small plates and screws. With this treatment, you still have full use of your jaw. In many cases, the plates and screws are left permanently in place.
Treating Injuries to Your Teeth
Tooth injuries often accompany other facial injuries and can include several different issues. Teeth may be chipped, cracked, or even shattered. Any damaged teeth need to be treated right away. If the tooth is beyond repair, it will need to be extracted, and then replaced. Your tooth may get knocked deeper into the jaw, or be partially knocked out. In either of these cases, it is important that you do not try to reset the tooth. We can do this for you and use a splint to hold it in its proper position while the ligaments and bone heal around it.
Teeth may also be completely knocked out. If this happens, it is possible to replant them. You will need to find the tooth and store it in a jar of milk or salt water until your appointment. Do not touch the root. If we cannot replant the tooth, we can discuss replacement options, including dental implants, with you.
If you have experienced any facial trauma, even if it does not seem serious, you should seek treatment right away. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Joe Radakovich DMD today at (503) 455-4673.