Facial trauma is common for athletes but also occurs during automobile collisions, slip-and-fall accidents, and other dangerous situations. At Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology, in Modesto, California, Elbert Choi, DDS, provides expert oral and maxillofacial surgery to repair facial trauma, protect your teeth, and restore your appearance. Call or make an appointment online today.
What are the common causes of facial trauma?
Facial trauma is more common than you might think. Every year, more than 5 million teeth are knocked out. The severity of a blow needed to dislodge a healthy tooth will almost certainly also damage your jaw, cheekbone, or another part of your face.
Auto collisions and sports accidents are the most common causes of facial trauma. Although, you may also sustain a facial injury during a workplace accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or personal violence.
Why is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon best placed to repair facial trauma?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have many years of training in repairing and restoring oral and facial trauma. During their education and surgical residencies, they perfect their knowledge of facial anatomy and function.
In addition to ensuring your regain maxillofacial function after facial trauma, oral surgeons such as Dr. Choi can repair your appearance. He minimizes scarring and other facial deformities that could interfere with your confidence.
How should I prepare for Facial Trauma surgery?
Dr. Choi gives you instructions to prepare for your surgery. In most cases, you will need to avoid eating or using any alcohol or tobacco products after midnight before your surgery. You should also remove any nail polish. While oral and maxillofacial surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, you need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home.
What happens after facial trauma surgery?
When Dr. Choi releases you after your surgery, he gives you instructions and prescriptions to help you stay comfortable as your face heals. Depending on the extent of your facial trauma and the surgery needed to repair it, you may need to follow a diet of soft foods and liquids. Dr. Choi also schedules follow up appointments to monitor your recovery and ensure that function returns to your jaw.
If you’re looking for an expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon, call Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology or schedule a consultation online today.
Which bones are likely to break during facial trauma?
The nose is the most likely bone to break or fracture when you receive a blow to the face. This is because the two bones that make up the nasal bones are the most prominent of all the facial bones. They are also very thin in comparison to the other bones too. Other bones in the face include the frontal bone (forehead), zygomas (cheekbones), orbital bones (eye sockets), maxillary (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw). All are susceptible to fracture depending on the manner and force of the impact.
How long will a facial fracture take to heal?
Your face will return to its normal appearance after one or two weeks as the swelling and bruising will begin to subside. However, the bones will need longer to regain the strength they had before. It may take as long as 6 to 8 weeks for a full recovery.
How long will it take for sensation to return after a facial injury?
It may take many weeks or months for the sensation to return in your face after a facial injury. There is also a possibility that only a partial recovery or non-recovery occurs. Facial bones have little passages that the facial nerves pass through before spreading to the tissue in the face. These nerves carry signals to the brain alerting the sense of touch, heat, and pain. The trauma of a facial injury may cause bruising and swelling to the bones and skin, blocking the passage of the signal that travels through the nerves.
Can facial fractures heal on their own?
It can be very dangerous to leave a facial injury without seeking attention from a medical professional. You could be susceptible to irreversible damage or the injury could even be life-threatening. The facial skeleton is a complex structure intertwined with nerves responsible for vision and smell. Breaking these bones could lead to a loss in these senses. A break to the jaw could cause problems with breathing, speaking, chewing, or swallowing. Due to the proximity of the face to the brain and central nervous system, there is a chance that you could cause damage to these vital body parts.