Facial trauma is often the result of an altercation or fall, work or sports-related injury, or car accident and can result in injuries ranging anywhere from tooth damage and facial lacerations to fractured bones and dislocated joints. Fortunately, our oral surgeons specialize in the treatment of all oral and facial conditions, including traumatic injuries. Our doctors are on staff at local hospitals in order to treat your condition quickly and most-efficiently so that you can begin the healing process.
Some of the most common trauma that we see and treat include
- Cheekbone or eye socket fractures
- Broken, cracked, or knocked-out (avulsed) teeth
- Jaw bone fractures or dislocations
- Full facial trauma
Treating Facial Injuries
The treatment for your condition will largely depend on the type and severity of the injury you’ve sustained. We will develop and explain your personalized treatment plan at your consultation appointment, whether our doctors see you in the office or in the hospital, but you can read about the most common traumas and treatments below:
The most common minor facial injuries that we treat as oral surgeons are often lacerations. Often, these conditions can be treated with simple suturing but may be more complex. Our doctors are extensively trained in cosmetic repairs to help minimize scarring. We will ensure you heal properly and experience aesthetically pleasing results.
Much like any other bone, facial bones must be stabilized before they can heal properly. Unlike other bones, however, facial bones cannot be put into a cast and left to heal. Instead, tiny screws, wires, and plates beneath the skin keep the facial bones in place. Depending on the type of fracture, how we stabilize the fracture will vary, but because of our knowledge of bone healing and tooth alignment, we can ensure your result will be optimized.
A dental injury can range anywhere from a cracked tooth to an avulsed tooth. In minor instances of tooth damage, dentists can sometimes repair or restore teeth. When teeth are too damaged or fully knocked out, however, an oral surgeon is often called in for treatment. In some cases, when patients can bring in a knocked-out tooth within 30–60 minutes of the injury, oral surgeons can often reinsert and stabilize it. When reinsertion isn’t possible, we offer dental implants and other tooth replacement solutions.
Facial Trauma Treatment at Oral & Facial Surgeons of Illinois
If you suffer a facial or dental injury, contact one of our four locations in Springfield, Decatur, Jacksonville, or Litchfield, IL. Our team is highly trained to treat all severities of facial injuries, and we can help you restore your smile and appearance.