Boise & Meridian, ID
Emergencies, including dental emergencies, can be scary. In many cases, dental emergencies are handled by your regular dentist. Your regular dentist can handle all kinds of different emergencies, including cracked teeth, toothaches, and simple extractions. However, some dental emergencies are more severe and require surgery. Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery is here to help.
Facial trauma occurs as a result of many different scenarios. Common causes of trauma include accidents while playing sports, car accidents, falling at home or work, or getting into a physical fight. Facial trauma refers to any traumatic injury that affects your face, including the soft tissues, the facial bones, or your teeth. We are experts in surgically treating a variety of different traumatic facial injuries, restoring your oral health, your bite, and facial aesthetics.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are those that affect the soft tissues of your face and mouth, including your intraoral tissues. Lacerations can affect facial aesthetics. They can also affect blood vessels, nerves, and your salivary glands and ducts. Facial lacerations are typically dealt with using sutures, or stitches. We are experienced in placing sutures to ensure optimal restoration of facial aesthetics. If you have suffered a soft tissue injury, we also inspect the blood vessels, nerves, and salivary glands and ducts. We can make the necessary repairs to restore proper functioning and avoid serious long-term complications.
Broken or Fractured Bones
Broken or fractured facial bones need to be set to ensure healing. However, unlike an arm or leg, we cannot use a cast. Instead, we need to employ different methods to stabilize bones and ensure proper healing. We can treat all kinds of different fractures in the facial region, including a fractured jaw, chin, cheekbones, nose, and eye sockets.
There are a couple of ways we can achieve these goals. One way is with wiring. This solution has long been used to treat a fractured jaw. Wiring renders the jaw immobile, giving it an opportunity to heal. The wire is removed after healing is complete. Another solution involves surgically placing metal plates and screws. The rigid fixation helps to hold the bones together so they can heal.
Dental injuries are common with facial trauma. The teeth may be significantly damaged, partially dislodged, or knocked out completely. If a tooth has been knocked out, we can surgically repair the damaged supporting bone and replant the missing tooth. After replanting the tooth, a splint is placed to help secure the tooth while the bone and periodontal ligament heal around it. To do this, it is important that you retrieve the tooth and store it in milk or salt water to keep it moist. Do not handle the tooth by the root or attempt to rub dirt or debris from it. Doing so could cause damage to the tooth and make it impossible to replant.
We may also perform surgical extractions. Surgical extraction may be necessary if one or more of your teeth have been severely damaged and they cannot be repaired with any other treatment.
All dental injuries, including seemingly minor ones, should be addressed right away. In more severe cases, surgery may be needed and should be sought right away to ensure functional restoration and facial aesthetics. If you have suffered a facial injury, call Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery at (208) 994-6227 right away!