As experts in the complexity of oral and facial structures, oral/maxillofacial surgeons are often the most qualified experts to deal with facial trauma cases of all kinds. In cases where facial trauma inhibits the proper function of your bite, the appearance of your facial structures, and your overall comfort, appropriate treatment can mean a significant improvement in your overall quality of life. To help you recover from facial trauma, your dentist can refer you to a trusted oral surgeon who will work closely with your doctor and primary dentist to develop an appropriate treatment and recovery plan.
Types of Facial Trauma
Facial trauma can describe a variety of different issues, from avulsed teeth to fractured or broken jawbones, cheekbones, and more. Depending on the exact nature of the trauma, the condition can affect a variety of aspects of your dental and overall health. For instance, avulsed teeth can make it difficult to maintain a healthy diet, which can lead to inadequate nutrition and resulting health issues. A broken or malformed jawbone can also affect your bite’s function, as well as the appearance of your smile and facial structures. Other, less obvious issues, such as oral and facial lacerations, must also be treated to prevent complications such as severe infection.
Oral Surgery Solutions
Treating facial trauma requires a comprehensive diagnostic examination, including the use of digital and 3D imaging technology, to gauge the exact nature and severity of your condition. Once your specialist has accurately diagnosed the problem, a team consisting of your oral surgeon, your doctor, and your primary dentist will work closely with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Depending on your condition, you may benefit from jawbone surgery, dental implant placement, or another form of oral/maxillofacial treatment. In some cases, therapy may be required to help regain the proper function of your bite.