Every year, around 3 million Americans end up in emergency rooms with facial trauma. That doesn’t include all of the incidents that lead 5 million teeth being knocked out annually. But these statistics make it clear that facial trauma and injuries are widespread.
Most facial injuries occur during sports accidents and automobile collisions. You may also have a traumatic facial injury from a personal assault. While plenty of people suffer from cuts, abrasions, and bloody noses, these injuries don’t usually require surgical repair from a maxillofacial surgeon.
What are the most common traumatic facial injuries?
As mentioned, every year 5 million teeth are knocked out in the United States. Fortunately, if you act quickly, you might be able to save your tooth if this happens to you. Pick up your tooth, but don’t touch the root. If possible, gently place it back in its socket or place it between your cheek and gum to keep it moist while you make your way to Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology. Call the practice to let them know you’re coming and provide details about your injury.
Broken noses are also common traumatic facial injuries. You could break your nose in an automobile collision, sports accident, or even a slip-and-fall accident. Signs that your nose is broken include swelling that doesn’t subside after a couple of days, a bloody nose, and bruising around your eyes. You may also find it hard to breathe through your nose.
The jaw is the 10th most commonly broken bone in the body, usually as a result of physical trauma. While there are varying degrees of complexity and severity in broken jaws, most of the time, only one side of your jaw is affected. Signs of a fractured jaw include pain, your teeth not coming together correctly, and numbness in your chin or lower lip. It’s essential to have a professional oral and maxillofacial surgeon to repair your jaw. You could develop painful complications if your jaw doesn’t heal correctly.
Broken cheekbone and occipital bone
The bones that form your eye socket are delicate and perform the critical job of protecting your eyes. If you break any of these bones, you’ll suffer from swelling, bruising, and pain. You may also have trouble opening your eyes or breathing through your nose. Cheekbone fractures tend to crumple inward and require careful surgical repair to protect your eyes and your sinus cavities.
What should I do if I have a facial injury?
If you’ve been in a traumatic accident and your life or eyes are at risk, go to the emergency room. In other cases, call Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology. The experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer expert emergency care for facial and oral injuries. They offer emergency same-day appointments whenever possible as well as a number to call outside of regular business hours.
You can use clean gauze to stop any bleeding and can apply ice to soothe pain, but don’t take any medication until you talk to one of the surgeons and get personalized advice. You don’t want to delay treatment because you took some aspirin.
The oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology have years of rigorous training and experience. They offer a comprehensive range of services to protect and restore your oral and dental health and function. Contact the team today.