Many people may think that facial trauma situations are rare, but there are more than three million cases of facial trauma admitted each year to hospitals throughout the United States. Just like a neurosurgeon is called upon to treat trauma to the brain, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is asked to manage and treat facial trauma cases. It is common for oral and maxillofacial surgeons to be busy members of any emergency room trauma team.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have received comprehensive and unique training during their education that allows them to address a wide range of dental and facial problems. They are required to complete four or more years of extensive surgical training and medical education in addition to their dental school training; therefore, they are qualified experts in correcting the functionality of the jaw, restoring the aesthetics of facial proportions, and replacing damaged or missing teeth.
Each facial trauma case is unique because there are several different ways that the face and mouth can be affected by trauma situations. Some of the more commonly seen facial trauma injuries include
- Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
- Facial lacerations
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
- Intraoral lacerations
What causes facial trauma?
Several events can cause facial trauma injuries, including motor vehicle accidents, work-related injuries, falls, sports injuries, physical assaults, and accidents in the home. The kind of injury incurred will determine the treatment that is necessary to correct the problem. Minor injuries, such as knocked-out teeth or facial lacerations, may only require the placement of dental implants or sutures. Serious incidents may involve a more complex approach, and more than one treatment may be necessary.
It is important to treat facial trauma injuries immediately to avoid the long-term problems that may arise if left untreated. Failure to treat a facial trauma can result in impacted teeth, misalignment of the jaw and bite, resorption of the jaw bone, the development of disorders in the temporomandibular joint 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 immediately.
Drs. Mogyoros and Funt are on staff at the local hospital and are on call to deliver emergency room coverage for any facial injuries that may occur. At Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery, we are compassionate about helping to restore oral and maxillofacial function and aesthetics to every patient who has been in a trauma situation.
Where can I get facial trauma surgery near Philadelphia?
The surgeons at Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery located in Elkins Park, PA, are specialists in performing oral and maxillofacial procedures and treatments, including facial trauma surgery. Drs. Funt and Mogyoros service the entire greater Philadelphia area.