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Facial Trauma

Facial trauma can significantly impact your oral health, the functions of your mouth, and the appearance of your face. This term actually refers to a number of different issues that affect your face and your mouth. No matter how minor the injuries might seem at the time, it is essential that you seek treatment right away. Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center is here to help.

What Causes Facial Trauma?

There are several different issues that can cause facial trauma. Common causes include:

•  Sports related injuries, such as colliding with another player or being hit with a ball.
•  A fall, such as slipping down stairs, falling from a ladder, or tripping.
•  Getting into a car accident.
•  A physical fight.

Different Types of Facial Trauma

There are many different types of facial trauma. In many cases, a single injury can actually cause more than one type.

•  Lacerations. Lacerations affect your soft tissues. They can occur inside or outside of your mouth as well as anywhere on your face. Lacerations can impact blood vessels, nerves, and even your salivary glands and ducts. These injuries can also affect your appearance.
•  Burns. Burns can also affect the soft tissues inside and outside of your mouth.
•  Bone trauma. This includes injuries to the different bones in your face, such as your jawbone, chin, cheeks, eye sockets, nose, and forehead.
•  Dental trauma. Dental injuries are very common with facial trauma.

The Importance of Treating Traumatic Facial Injuries

When facial trauma occurs, getting treatment right away is essential. Even minor injuries should be examined immediately. One of the biggest reasons to have facial trauma treated right away is because injuries can impact your facial aesthetics. Different types of injuries can affect your abilities to eat, speak, or breathe. You may also be faced with the loss of functionality of your nerves or salivary ducts if you do not get treatment quickly.

Trauma to Soft Tissues

Soft tissue trauma refers to injuries that affect your facial tissues as well as your intraoral tissues. These types of injuries can do more than affect your appearance. Soft tissue trauma can impact your blood vessels, nerves, and your salivary system. The sooner you receive treatment for soft tissue injuries, the more likely it is that we can help to restore functionality to any of these affected components. In addition to restoring functionality, we are also able to help improve the aesthetics of your face.

Bone Injuries

When any facial bones are fractured, they need to be set in order to facilitate healing. However, setting facial bones in nothing like setting a fractured bone in your hand or leg. Your facial bones cannot be placed in a cast. Instead, there are a couple of different ways that we can set fractured facial bones. One way is with wiring, which can be effective for treating jaw fractures. Wiring your jaw closed immobilizes the bones so that they can heal. However, because you cannot move your jaw, it makes eating and speaking very difficult.

Another way to set fractured facial bones is with a metal plate and screws. This method helps to hold the bones together so they can heal. This treatment allows for you to use your mouth normally during this period. After healing, the plate and screws are typically left in place.

Dental Injuries

Dental injuries are incredibly common with facial trauma. You may suffer chipped or cracked teeth. Your teeth may be pushed deeper into their sockets or partially dislodged. In some cases, you may lose a tooth completely. Dental injuries not only affect your oral health, they can affect the functioning of your teeth and the appearance of your smile.
There are a few different treatments available for restoring teeth affected by facial trauma. The type of treatment you receive depends upon the type of trauma you have experienced. Crowns treat cracked or chipped teeth. Teeth that are pushed into their sockets or partially dislodged can be reseated and secured with a splint. Teeth that are knocked out can be replanted or replaced.

Treating facial trauma immediately is essential for restoring your oral health, the functions of your mouth, and your facial appearance. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today at (775) 430-5355.
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Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD

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