Restoring oral function after facial trauma
From auto accidents to sporting mishaps, facial trauma can happen when you least expect it. Injuries can damage bone, muscles, tendons, gums and other soft tissue of the face, potentially leading to a compromise of oral function. If you or a loved one has suffered facial trauma, here are some steps you need to take for the fastest recovery and best results.
Speed is of the essence
Facial and oral structures contain delicate tissues that need to be examined by a medical professional immediately after an accident. When dealing with serious facial trauma, do not wait to see if the injury will heal on its own. There could be damage underneath the surface that can only be seen with an x-ray.
Visit an oral surgeon
In many cases, patients who suffer facial injuries go directly to the emergency room for evaluation and treatment. An emergency room doctor does not have the same expertise in the restoration of facial structures as an oral surgeon and so it’s often necessary to see an oral surgeon as well.
Oral surgery may be required
Some severe facial traumas require oral surgery to ensure ideal oral function and facial form over the long term. Fractured bones will need to be reset and damaged tissues surgically restored. At this stage of the treatment process, the patient’s appearance will also be taken into consideration when weighing surgical options.
Restoring your smile
Once the patient has fully recovered from their oral surgery any damaged or missing teeth can be repaired or replaced in order to return their smile to its natural look and completely restore oral function.