Oral surgeons are uniquely qualified to treat all sorts of facial injuries, and they understand the severe physical and emotional damage facial injuries can cause. Their hands-on surgical training and experience allow them to restore both the function and the appearance of your face or mouth after an injury.
Facial trauma injuries cause serious long-term damage if not treated immediately. Dr. Michael Frey and Dr. Robert Lesneski are on staff at local hospitals to treat emergency facial trauma patients, and they understand the urgency required when treating facial injuries. If you experience a facial trauma, our surgical team will see you as soon as possible (in most cases, the same day you call) to treat your facial trauma injury.
Types of Facial Injuries
Car accidents, sports injuries, falls, and other mishaps can all cause facial trauma injuries. Listed below are common facial injuries that oral surgeons can treat:
- Facial lacerations
- Broken or knocked-out teeth
- Cuts inside the mouth (intraoral lacerations)
- Fractured facial bones (eye socket, cheekbone, nose, etc.)
- Fractured or dislocated jaws
If you experience any of these injuries, Drs. Lesneski, Frey, Kittle, and McKinley are available to treat facial trauma and restore your oral function and appearance.
Facial Injury Treatment
The bones, muscles, and other structures of the face all work together to perform daily functions like smiling and eating. Oral surgeons are trained to restore this delicate balance while also preserving the aesthetics of the face after a facial trauma injury. You can review a few methods used for treating common facial injuries below.
Soft Tissue Injuries. Depending on the severity, most facial cuts are treated by suturing. Your surgeon will suture your injury in a manner that produces the most aesthetically pleasing cosmetic results. Oral surgeons can also ensure that any injuries to surrounding structures, like facial nerves or glands, are recognized and treated appropriately.
Facial Bone Fractures. The course of treatment for facial fractures depends on the severity and location of the fracture. Most of the time, the fracture must be stabilized to allow for proper healing. Oral surgeons can surgically implant medical-grade wires, plates, or screws to hold facial bones in place while they heal. Oral surgeons are experts in performing facial surgeries in the least invasive manner possible, strategically placing incisions to achieve the most attractive results.
Tooth and Mouth Injuries. Oral surgeons specialize in treating serious tooth injuries, such as knocked-out teeth or damaged jaw bones. The sooner the tooth is brought to a dental professional, the better the chances of saving the tooth. If your tooth is knocked out, place it in some milk and bring it to the office as soon as possible. Do not try to clean the tooth, as you can damage the tissues attached to the tooth root that hold the tooth in place in the socket. The oral surgeon will reinsert the tooth into the socket as soon as possible and secure the tooth in place.
Traumatic facial injuries can be very physically and emotionally taxing, and our team will support you throughout your treatment and recovery. If you experience a facial trauma injury, contact one of our offices in Flint, MI, or Saginaw, MI. We will schedule your appointment as soon as possible and can usually accommodate you on the day you call. By getting facial injuries treated quickly, you can prevent serious problems later on.