Facial Injury Treatment
Facial injuries can be traumatic and cause more than just physical damage. It’s important to find a facial trauma surgeon to get you the help you need. The specialist team at Austin Oral Surgery has years of experience helping patients suffering from all types of facial trauma get their life and self-confidence back.
The facial trauma specialists at Austin Oral Surgery are surgeons who deal specifically with fixing facial injuries. This can include oral and maxillofacial surgeons. We treat all types of facial injuries, such as nasal fractures and jaw fractures. We combine mending the fractures with the cosmetics and artistry to produce natural and aesthetically pleasing results. Call our office to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Causes of Facial Trauma
Various accidents and injuries can cause facial trauma that may require surgery. Injuries that involve the facial region require specific technology, diagnostic tools, planning, and knowledge to handle as there are many soft tissues and bone structures that can not only affect the patient’s health but their looks as well. Included in the facial trauma treatment plan are suturing, antibiotic therapy, and medication to control swelling. Some of the most common causes of facial trauma we see are:
- Sports injuries
- Blunt force trauma to the face
- Workplace injuries
- Road accidents
- Motorcycle & ATV crashes
Common Types of Fractures
Unfortunately, there are many types of injuries that happen that cause the need for facial surgery. Austin Oral Surgery’s team of surgeons provides emergency care and acute treatment, as well as long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation for a complete scope of facial injuries, specifically:
- Facial lacerations
- Oral lacerations
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaws)
- Dislocated jaws
Our team of board-certified oral surgeons can ensure your facial injury treatment is comfortable, quick, and hassle-free.
Types of Facial Treatment
Treatment of facial trauma depends on the type of injury, where it is, and what it affects on the patient’s face. Especially since these injuries are on the face, they are treated with extreme caution and precision to preserve the facial structure and aesthetics. There are also facial nerves that control how the face moves and reacts that need to be carefully considered. Salivary gland ducts in the cheeks, the way an eyelid closes, and other aspects are all sensitive areas to pay attention to when conducting facial trauma treatment.
The nose is the most common broken bone in the face. Due to its prominence and fragility, we will refer you to an ENT specialist for nasal fractures. Most of the time, patients have severe nosebleeds after suffering a broken nose. The nose will also become swollen. Sometimes, a patient has to wait two to three days for swelling to subside before conducting the correct procedure. The ENT specialist will consider if the nose is crooked and if breathing is impaired after the injury when planning operations. They can conduct nasal fracture treatments within the first week of the injury or after the nasal bones have had time to heal, which usually takes about three months. If the patient does not get treatment in the first week following an injury, they may require rhinoplasty for full aesthetic repairs.
Facial fractures are treated in many different ways. For example, we may need to introduce titanium plates and screws or wiring the jaw together to immobilize a fracture. Most areas and injuries can be addressed by creating incisions in the mouth or in the brow. These areas allow us to access the treatment area while minimizing damage to other areas and ensuring a nice, aesthetically pleasing healing time and great final result. We conduct a CT scan during the initial evaluation to determine all possibilities and the proper plan for the best results.
Various types of changes can occur in the lining mucosa of the mouth. We are asked frequently to evaluate patients for changes in the mouth, in the salivary glands, and in the bone of the upper and lower jaws.