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When to See an Oral Surgeon for Facial Trauma

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Facial trauma is unique in that traditional healing methods aren’t always applicable. For example, if you fracture a bone in your face, a cast can’t be applied in the same way it would to an arm or a leg. Whether it’s from a motor vehicle accident, sports-related incident, or other, there are many circumstances where an oral surgeon is able to address the specific healing methods required for facial trauma. 

An oral surgeon has been trained to handle everything related to your oral health: your teeth, your gums, jaw bone, and the surrounding area. When your facial trauma has resulted in missing or dislodged teeth, a fractured jaw bone, or other related cosmetic injuries, Union City Oral Surgery Group is equipped to help. With a team of qualified restorative and cosmetic surgeons, we can quickly address your facial trauma and get you on a path to healing. 

How an Oral Surgeon Can Help

With your facial trauma has directly affected your mouth, teeth, or gums, it is pertinent you reach out to a qualified oral surgeon as soon as possible. They can immediately get to work restoring the functionality and look of your injury. Examples of ways an oral surgeon can help include the following: 

Dental Implants

Losing a tooth due to a facial injury can not only be painful but can also cause feelings of embarrassment or self-consciousness. If possible, you should try to preserve the avulsed or knocked-out tooth in water. The sooner it is put back in its socket, the better. Your oral surgeon can help clean the tooth, the socket, and quickly restore any gum surface area. A periodontal splint will be used to stabilize the tooth to another while it heals to ensure it doesn’t become dislodged or fall out again. 

If the tooth is not able to be saved, a dental implant may be used. Depending on the severity of the injury, it is possible you will need to receive other care first, like a bone graft or realignment. 

Soft-Tissue Trauma

The soft tissue of your mouth is composed of your gums, cheeks, and lips. Any wounds can be properly cleaned and sutured by your oral surgeon, with special consideration taken to salivary glands and ducts. It is possible your facial trauma may result in light scarring on your face, which can be treated by Union City Oral Surgery Group as well. 

Our team is highly trained in the minimally-invasive surgical procedures of maxillofacial surgery and can help restore and rejuvenate any scarring due to your injury. 

Dislodged Teeth 

A dislodged tooth, also known as a luxated tooth, is a tooth that has been forcibly moved out of its socket. These teeth are still physically in your gums, but need to be repositioned back into place. In order to do so, it is likely you will first need root canal treatment, which should preferably be conducted a few days after the accident. After that procedure, your surgeon will reposition the tooth and stabilize it with a dental splint. 

For those under the age of 12, a root canal may not be necessary, as their teeth are still developing. For more specific information on which course of treatment would be best for you, reach out to one of our dedicated team members today. 

Experienced a Traumatic Dental Injury? Our Team Can Help Today

Time is of the essence when it comes to facial and dental injuries. The faster you reach out to our team of highly-trained and professional oral surgeons, the faster we can begin the treatment process. Using restorative and cosmetic dentistry practices, we will ensure you leave Union City Oral Surgery Group’s state-of-the-art facility satisfied. 

For a cost-effective, painless, and quick experience, schedule a consultation and examination today by calling (201) 601-9262 or filling out a contact form.