Jaw injuries caused by facial trauma can cause serious issues that may need to be addressed through oral surgery or some other complex treatment. Fortunately, such injuries often can be prevented by taking a few precautions and using some common sense.
The most common causes of jaw injuries include falls, car accidents, physical violence and some occupational injuries. Sports-related injuries often result in facial trauma, as well, especially for children.
So, what can you do to avoid sessions with an oral surgeon following a jaw injury? You can keep your living space and work environment free from clutter and other tripping hazards. Consider whether you can eliminate some of the throw rugs in your home, or at least secure them so that they don’t cause you to stumble over them. Use caution walking down stairs and don’t try to overdo it when carrying items between floors.
Oral surgery is often indicated following car accidents, so take preventive measures when you get behind the wheel (or into someone else’s car), too. Buckle up. Every time. And never get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking.
To reduce your risk of workplace injuries that may lead to oral surgery, wear all recommended protective equipment that applies to your function. Be alert and cautious at all times when at work.
Children and adults who participate in contact sports should wear custom-designed mouthguards in order to limit the damage they might suffer from taking a ball or an elbow to the face. Not only do such mouthguards protect your teeth and jaws, but some evidence suggests they may reduce the effects of concussions as well.
If you do experience facial trauma, you should consult with an oral surgeon as soon as possible, even if your injuries are initially treated in an emergency. An oral surgeon can consider the impact the injury is likely to have in the long term and what treatment can address those potential problems.
Are you doing everything you can to reduce the chances that a jaw injury will land you in our office? Contact us at Austin Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and speak to one of our experienced staff members to learn how to prevent these types of injuries.