You never anticipate facial trauma, but if you do suffer any traumatic injuries to the face or mouth, having an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon on your treatment team makes all the difference in the world. In the Indianapolis area, that’s Dr. Garrison and Dr. Kelly of Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Many facial injuries occur each year as the result of vehicle accidents. This devastating type of injury is also more common among those who play sports. Other causes include unexpected blows to the face from industrial or work accidents, slips and falls, and assaults.
Types of Facial Trauma and Maxillofacial Injury
The most common type of trauma involves teeth that have been loosened or displaced. Children and teens more commonly suffer knocked-out teeth as a result of roughhousing with others or playing on a sports team.
Other types of maxillofacial trauma include broken or fractured bones, facial lacerations and cuts or injuries inside the mouth. When fractures occur on or around the nose, cheeks or orbital bones (eye sockets), treatment requires the skilled hands of an experienced oral surgeon.
Treating Facial Fractures and Trauma
Naturally, the right course of treatment depends on the specific injury. However, unlike a broken bone in your arm or leg, your face can’t simply be put in a cast. Your oral surgeon must nevertheless find a way to stabilize the fracture and facilitate healing.
Some potential methods of treating facial fractures include a technique known as rigid fixation, which may involve the use of tiny metal plates, screws and wires.
For trauma related to your teeth, the surgeon will replace any tooth that can be successfully saved. If any teeth can’t be restored, dental implants provide a reliable and realistic alternative.
In the case of mouth injuries or facial trauma, our surgeons will provide the care you need while minimizing any potential effects to your appearance. We also can provide equipment for preventing accidents, including mouthguards and protective gear for athletes.
In Indianapolis, trust Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to provide the emergency facial trauma care you need.