Facial trauma is not as rare as you might think. Millions of facial trauma cases are admitted to hospitals throughout the United States every year. Just as a neurosurgeon is called in to treat trauma to the brain, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is expected to manage and treat facial trauma cases. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are active members of emergency room trauma teams.
There are many ways the face and mouth are affected by trauma situations, so each case is unique.
Some of the more common facial trauma injuries include
- Facial lacerations
- Intraoral lacerations
- Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons go through intensive and specialized training during their education, enabling them to treat a wide range of dental and surgical problems. In addition to completing dental and medical school, Dr. Price had six years of comprehensive surgical training. He is an expert in correcting the functionality of the jaw, restoring facial aesthetics, and replacing damaged or missing teeth.
What causes facial trauma?
Facial trauma injuries can result from motor vehicle accidents, work-related injuries, and falls to sports injuries, physical assaults, and accidents in the home. The type of injury determines the treatment necessary to fix the problem. Minor injuries, such as knocked-out teeth or facial cuts, may only require stitches or the placement of dental implants. Serious incidents may be more complex and require the use of multiple treatments.
Failure to treat facial trauma can result in misalignment of the jaw and bite, resorption of the jaw bone, the development of disorders in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of the jaw, and even facial discomfort and disfigurement. If you have suffered a facial injury of any kind, we encourage you to contact our office. It is important to treat cases of facial trauma in a timely manner to avoid the long-term problems that may result if the trauma is left untreated.
Dr. Christopher Price is on staff at multiple local hospitals and is on call to deliver emergency room coverage for any facial injuries that may occur. At Utah Facial & Oral Surgery, we are compassionate about restoring oral and maxillofacial function and aesthetics to every patient who has experienced a traumatic situation.
Where can I get facial trauma surgery in Salt Lake County?
Utah Facial & Oral Surgery in South Jordan, UT, offers various oral surgical procedures and treatments, including the surgical treatment of facial trauma. Dr. Christopher Price serves the entire Salt Lake Valley.