Drs. Moody, Cummings, Balasanian and Caputo are trained and experienced in the art of restoring and rehabilitating pediatric and adult patients following traumatic facial injuries. Serious injuries involving the face, mouth, nose, jaw, and eyes require in-depth clinical knowledge and delicate clinical techniques. In managing facial injuries, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon must also consider the ways in which an accident can impact a patient’s emotional and physical health.
Full Spectrum Surgical Care for Facial Injuries
Our fully-equipped surgical suites enable our team to perform most surgical procedures right in the office, complete with the very best anesthetic and sedation dentistry options. However, a facial injury often involves a trip to the emergency room, in which case our surgeons maintain the credentials to provide emergency care at local hospitals. Whether in our office or in the emergency room, our team specializes in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Lacerations of the face
- Lacerations inside of the mouth
- Knocked out teeth/ Avulsed teeth
- Fractured cheekbones, bones of the nose, or the bones that comprise the eye socket
- Broken or fractured jaws (upper or lower jaw)
Types of Facial Injuries
A car accident, an accidental fall, a sports-related injury, a domestic violence incident, or a work-related injury—any of these common but unfortunate occurrences can lead to a facial injury. A facial injury may involve only the teeth, or it can be more severe, involving the bones and soft tissue of the face. We classify these injuries according to their severity and their locations: soft tissue (involving the skin and the gum tissue), hard tissue (bone fractures), or special region injuries (involving the eyes, the salivary glands, and the facial nerves).
Surgical Solutions for Facial Injuries
The soft tissue of the face, lips, tongue, and gums can typically be repaired with sutures, and our surgical team has the compassion and skill to perform the suturing procedure in a way that will yield the best possible cosmetic outcome. In suturing the soft facial tissues, we are especially sensitive in regard to the safety and preservation of the underlying salivary ducts and the facial nerves.
To treat injuries that involve the bones and teeth, it may be necessary to wire the jaws together, place surgical plates and screws, or utilize rigid splints in order to stabilize the affected area during healing.
To ensure that your facial injury is managed by a team of surgical specialists who are accustomed to providing compassionate emergency care, please contact our office for an appointment today.