Facial trauma can significantly damage various oral tissues, including bone, muscles, tendons and gum tissue and other soft tissue. If the injury is severe enough, your oral functioning may be compromised. If you seek treatment promptly, you may be able to fully restore your smile’s form and function following facial trauma.
Patients who have suffered facial injuries should consult with an oral surgeon, even if they are initially evaluated and treated in an emergency room setting. An oral surgeon has extensive expertise is restoring injured facial structures, including the jaw joint and other related tissues. These specialists understand how all of these structures must work in concert to achieve the jaw’s movement in multiple planes for the purposes of chewing and speaking properly.
Oral surgery is often necessary to restore functioning after facial trauma because any fractured bones may need to be “reset,” and damage to surrounding tissues may need to be restored surgically, as well. The oral surgeon will carefully repair the damage while considering a long-term perspective for optimal results.
Your oral surgeon will educate you on the proposed treatment plan so that you know what to expect from the process of restoring your smile after facial trauma. You may get pre-operative and/or post-operative instructions, and should follow these directions closely in order to reduce your risk of complications that might interfere with your ability to heal properly.
Of course, the patient’s appearance may also be a consideration in the wake of a facial injury, and the surgeon will take care to achieve good results in this area, as well.
If you have suffered facial trauma through a sports injury, fall or other similar trauma, be sure to consult with an oral surgeon about a long-term treatment plan. Call our team at Austin Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to schedule any follow-up care or interventions that you may need.