Facial Trauma


Facial trauma is a broad term that refers to some different issues that affect your face and mouth. These issues can significantly impact your oral health, the functions of your mouth, your appearance, and your overall quality of life. If you have suffered facial trauma, Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery can help.

Causes of Facial Trauma


Facial trauma can result from some different situations, including:
•  Getting into an automobile accident. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of facial trauma.
•  Getting injured while playing sports. These injuries include colliding with another player, getting hit with a ball, or falling on the field.
•  Falls, such as falling down stairs, slipping on ice, or falling from a ladder.
•  Physical fights.

Types of Facial Trauma


There are several different types of facial trauma.
•  Soft tissue lacerations. These injuries can occur in your facial tissues or inside of your mouth. Lacerations not only affect your appearance, but they can also affect the functionality of blood vessels, nerves, and salivary glands and ducts.
•  Burns. Burns can affect your outer facial tissues or your intraoral tissues.
•  Bone injuries. These injuries can occur to any facial bones, including your jaw, cheekbones, orbital sockets, nose, and forehead.
•  Injuries to your teeth. Also called dental trauma, these injuries are very common with facial trauma.

How Important is Treating Facial Trauma?


No matter how minor facial trauma might seem at the time, it is always important to seek treatment right away. The issue might not seem like a big deal at the time, but it can cause significant issues later. Facial trauma can significantly impact the appearance of your face. Injuries can impact the functions of your mouth and your oral health. They can result in the loss of functionality of the nerves or salivary glands and ducts. Some injuries may even result in difficulty breathing. Seeking treatment right away means detecting these issues, and the likelihood of these issues, right away, making it easier to prevent them from occurring.

Soft Tissue Trauma


Soft tissue trauma can affect your outer facial tissues as well as your intraoral tissues. This type of trauma includes issues such as lacerations and burns. Not only can soft tissue trauma impact the appearance of your face, but it can also affect your blood vessels, nerves, and salivary system. With prompt treatment, we can prevent significant complications from occurring. We are highly experienced in restoring functionality to these components of your face and mouth. We are also able to help restore facial aesthetics.

Bone Trauma


Bone trauma can affect any of the bones in your face, including your jawbone, your cheekbones, your eye sockets, your nose, and your forehead. When fractures to these bones occur, they need to be set. Unlike setting other fractured bones, however, we cannot place a cast. Instead, we need to stabilize bones differently.

One way that bones are stabilized, particularly the jawbone, is with wiring. With this treatment, the jaw is wired shut, preventing movement so that the fractured bone can heal. The biggest issue with this treatment is that you cannot move your mouth, making eating and speaking very difficult. Another method for stabilizing fractured facial bones is with plates and screws. This treatment allows for normal usage of your mouth. Plates and screws, however, are typically left permanently in place.

Dental Trauma


Dental trauma is very common with facial trauma. There are some different dental injuries that can occur. Teeth may chip or fracture. The tooth may be pushed into the socket or partially dislodged. You may even knock a tooth completely out of your mouth. We can determine the extent of the damage and the best treatment. Treatments for dental trauma include crowns, root canals, resetting the tooth, replanting the tooth, or replacing the tooth.

No matter how minor a facial injury appears at first, it is important that you seek treatment right away. Call Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery at (208) 994-6227 to schedule your appointment today.

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