Injuries to the tooth, jaw bone, or face can happen quickly and unexpectedly. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializes in facial function and aesthetics, making them the best choice when repairing a facial trauma injury.
An oral surgeon commonly treats facial trauma injuries such as
- Fractures to the jaw or facial bones
- Dental injuries, such as broken or avulsed teeth
- Facial cuts
Treating Facial Injuries
Dr. Brar and North Sound Oral & Facial Surgery are there for you when the unexpected happens. The safety, comfort, and care of our patients are our top priorities. The best course of treatment for your facial trauma injury will depend on several factors, such as the severity and location of the injury. Listed below are common treatment plans for facial trauma injuries.
Most of the time, a cut that has been sustained on the face or mouth can be sutured closed. Sutures are more commonly known as stitches. The specific technique used for the sutures will allow for optimal healing of the wound and minimal scarring.
Traditional casts are not able to stabilize the facial bones if they have been broken — screws, plates, and wires are required. The process of setting facial bones that have been fractured is performed beneath the skin and typically results in minimal scarring.
A cracked or broken tooth is usually repaired by the dentist. However, a single tooth or multiple teeth that have sustained severe injury, such as being completely knocked out or broken at the socket, requires the specialty of an oral surgeon.
If one or more of your teeth have been completely knocked out, visit our office immediately — the first 30 minutes after injury is the window for saving a natural tooth. Put your tooth in a container of saliva or whole milk and bring it with you to our office. Do not wipe off the tooth or try to disinfect it. We will do everything that we can to save the tooth; however, sometimes the tooth is unable to be saved. If this happens to you, we will discuss options for replacement, such as dental implants.
Facial Trauma Treatment in Anacortes, WA
Any trauma to the face, tooth, or jaw requires immediate treatment. North Sound Oral & Facial Surgery is here for you when the unexpected happens. Please contact our office if you or a loved one has experienced a facial trauma injury. We will make every effort to see you as soon as possible.