Oral and Facial Trauma
Each year, there are more than 3 million cases of facial trauma admitted to emergency rooms in the United States, and almost everyone has experienced maxillofacial injuries or knows someone who has.
Facial injuries (maxillofacial injuries) are injuries to the face, jaw bone, or mouth, which may include skin lacerations, obstruction to the nasal cavity or sinuses, damage to orbital sockets, fractures to the jaw bone, and missing teeth. The most common causes of facial injuries include sports, accidents, penetrating injuries, and violence.
One of the most common types of facial injuries includes broken bones. Fractures may involve the lower and upper jaws, palate, cheek bones, eye sockets, or any combination of these bones, which may affect the ability to see, breathe, speak, and swallow.
Not all facial injuries are extensive; however, they should not be taken lightly.
For those who participate in athletics, we often recommend that patients wear the appropriate mask, helmet, or protective mouth guard. Depending on the exact location of the injury, respiration, speech, and swallowing can be greatly impaired.
Failure to treat dental and facial trauma can lead to the following long-term problems:
- Loss of Functionality: When teeth have fallen victim to trauma, they may become loose in their sockets and make eating and speaking much more difficult.
- Smile Aesthetics: Chipped or broken teeth can be detrimental to a beautiful smile. A dentist is able to easily repair chips, fractures, and missing teeth.
- Bite/Jaw Irregularities: After trauma, it is possible that the alignment of the teeth will change. Poor alignment of teeth can lead to TMJ, uneven teeth wear, and other complications.
All of our surgeons hold staff appointments to area hospitals to provide timely, quality care. Call us today at 843-762-9028.