When a person has experienced a facial trauma, it may have caused significant damage to their appearance. Trauma can result from a car accident, assault, or accident involving fire. There are many different reasons why a person would need surgery. Facial reconstructive surgery could be an essential part of restoring a person’s appearance.
Healing And Bone Restoration
Once it’s established that there’s a benefit from facial reconstructive surgery, the first step is an assessment. An experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon will assess the type and level of damage to a person’s facial bones after a trauma.
It is possible for someone in this situation to require bone grafts. They could be made of a synthetic material or taken from an area on their body. It is possible to place these grafts could in a person’s jaw or any bone in their face requiring it. This procedure is also possible if a person’s facial trauma needs a screw or plate to anchor any of their fractured bones.
Replacing Missing Teeth
A person who has experienced a facial trauma could have lost some teeth. Or, teeth could also have been loosened because of an accident and need removal.
Teeth that are damaged and unable to be repaired can have dental implants put in their place. This type of facial reconstruction is done right after initial surgery. A person may have to wait until their jaw heals if it was damaged.
A person may need to wait until their bones heal from surgery before knowing if facial implants will help. Once the initial facial swelling recedes, doctors will gauge the damage. At this time, a surgeon will know if a person will benefit from facial implants. If so, they will be able to determine the most useful size, shape, and location for each implant.
After facial surgery, it is possible for an individual’s face to appear flatter than before the injury. It’s important to realize this is normal. This effect is because of the loss of bone structure decreasing an individual’s facial volume.
If a person’s reconstructive surgery benefits from facial implants, a doctor will identify where to place those implants. A person’s cheek or chin is usually the most common.
Surgeons will shape a person’s face using hard silicone facial implants. During this procedure, small incisions are made on the inside of a person’s mouth. Facial implants are then inserted as necessary to reestablish facial shape.
When an individual experiences an injury resulting from facial trauma, reconstructive surgery can be a huge benefit. It has been able to free many people from severe emotional stress. It’s important only to have facial reconstructive surgery done by experienced professionals who appreciate how much this impacts a person’s life.
The team at Union City Oral Surgery uses high-quality technology and techniques to aid the reconstructive process and make surgery go smoothly. Dr. Nancy Herbst has over 25 years of experience and was named one of New Jersey’s top oral surgeons in 2016. We can help outline the best course of action to heal your facial trauma. Contact our office at (201) 601-9262 to learn more about how we can help you today.