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 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.