Oral surgeons are trained to treat all oral injuries, soft tissue trauma included. Whether you’ve been the victim of a car accident, an assault, or you’ve sustained a sports injury, it’s essential to get the specialized care you need for cuts and lacerations on the lips and gums. Depend on an oral surgeon, one of nine types of dental specialists specifically trained to handle soft tissue trauma.
Facial Trauma Is Serious
All types of facial injuries are serious. They may affect your ability to breathe, talk and chew. A facial injury can inflict emotional trauma as well. Your face is a sensitive, vulnerable area of the body, and you need a caring professional to facilitate fast healing to help you overcome the negative effects.
Three Types of Facial Trauma
Facial injuries are categorized three ways: bone fractures, soft tissue traumas and injuries to specific regions of the face such as the eyes or salivary glands. The treatment you receive from your oral surgeon will depend on the category of the injury as well as the severity.
Soft Tissue Injuries Require Specialized Care
Soft tissue trauma can range from a superficial cut to a deep, dangerous laceration. Usually facial soft tissue injuries are not inherently life-threatening, but if you don’t receive proper medical attention, you run a risk of infection.
Besides encouraging basic healing, this type of trauma involves treating the cuts in a way that minimizes future scarring.
It’s also essential to consider whether there is nerve damage in the area. Your oral surgeon’s central concern will be minimizing the injury’s effect on surrounding blood vessels and making sure the laceration doesn’t indicate more extensive injuries beneath the surface.
After receiving initial emergency care, you can rely on your oral surgeon to continue to monitor your recovery process and ensure long-term positive results.
Treating Other Types of Irregularities
Oral surgeons provide other types of soft tissue treatment as well. This may include assessing and diagnosing problems with spots and lesions on the inside of your mouth and your gums. You may need oral tumors or cysts removed and biopsied.
When you trust an oral surgeon’s guidance, you can rest assured you are receiving a fully trained professional’s advice on the best course of treatment for your specific case. Whether it involves further surgery or watchful monitoring, you can depend on your oral surgeon for continued care for all types of oral and facial irregularities.
Call Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today to speak with our oral surgery team about both emergency and nonemergency treatment for any soft tissue trauma or conditions. We are here for you.