Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. They are well versed in emergency care, acute treatment and long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation. Traumatic injuries to the face often have high emotional and physical effects. Oral surgeons have the appropriate “hands on” experience and understanding of treatment to positively influence a patient’s long-term function and appearance.
Dr. Chacon exceeds modern standards. They are on staff at local hospitals and deliver emergency room coverage for facial injuries, which include the following conditions:
- Facial Lacerations
- Intra oral Lacerations
- Avulsed (Knocked Out) Teeth
- Fractured Facial Bones (Cheek, Nose or Eye Socket)
- Fractured Jaw (Upper & Lower)
The Nature of Maxillofacial Trauma
There are a variety of causes of facial trauma such as motor vehicle accidents, accidental falls, sports injuries, interpersonal violence, and work-related injuries. Facial injuries can range from teeth injuries to severe skin and bone injuries. Facial injuries are classified as soft tissue injuries (skin and gums), bone injuries (fractures), or injuries to special regions (such as the eyes or facial nerves).
Soft Tissue Injuries Of The Maxillofacial Region
Suturing is the most common treatment to repair soft tissue injuries that occur on the face, such as lacerations. Oral surgeons provide repair that yields the best cosmetic results. They also provide treatment that repairs injuries to structures such as facial nerves, salivary glands, and salivary ducts. Dr. Chacon is well trained and are proficient at diagnosing and treating all types of facial lacerations.
Bone Injuries Of The Maxillofacial Region
Fractures of the bones of the face are treated in a manner similar to the fractures in other parts of the body. Specific treatment is determined by various factors, which include the location of the fracture, severity of the fracture, and the age and general health of the patient.
Certain fractures of the jaw involve wiring the jaws together. Other jaw fractures can be treated and stabilized by surgically placing small plates and screws at the involved site (rigid fixation).
Treating facial fractures is done in a thorough and predictable manner. The patient’s facial appearance should be minimally affected and the least amount of incisions are always made in areas that will minimize scars.
Injuries To The Teeth & Surrounding Dental Structures
Isolated injuries to teeth are common and usually involve oral surgeons treating fractures in the supporting bone or in replanting teeth that have been displaced or knocked out. These types of injuries are treated by splinting, which is stabilizing by wiring or bonding teeth together. Knocked out teeth should be placed in salt water or milk. The sooner the tooth is re-inserted into the dental socket, the better chance it will survive. Therefore, the patient should see a dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible. In the event that injured teeth cannot be saved or repaired, dental implants are often utilized as replacement teeth.