TREATING AND PREVENTING FACIAL INJURIES
Maxillofacial injuries, sometimes called facial trauma, cover mouth, face, and jaw injuries. Most people have experienced at least one such injury or know someone who has. The majority of maxillofacial injuries result from accidents that take place during team sports, vehicle accidents, on-the-job accidents, and mishaps at home.
When witnessing a person becoming unconscious, disoriented, nauseous, dizzy, or incapacitated in any way, be sure to call 911. Attempting to reposition the individual can do more harm than good and may further complicate injuries. The best course of action to help someone in this position is to call for an ambulance to transport them to the local emergency room.
TREATING FACIAL INJURIES
Many different types of medical personnel may inspect individuals who have sustained oral or maxillofacial injuries. Ultimately, one of these professionals will be an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. These specialists undergo extensive training to help people heal from damage to their mouths, faces, and jaws.
When training is complete, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the skills they need to perform a variety of procedures to correct a number of oral and facial concerns.
COMMON ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL INJURIES
Facial injuries typically occur when a person sustains broken bones. Fractures can occur in any of the bones that make up the face, including:
- the lower jaw
- the upper jaw
- the palate
- the cheekbones
- eye sockets
These types of injuries can hinder an individual’s ability to see, breathe, speak, and swallow. Most treatments for maxillofacial injuries require hospitalization.
Maxillofacial fractures are treated like broken arms and legs. The surgeon must line up (reduce) the sections of fractured bone and hold them in position. Bones typically require six months to heal.
Surgeons may need to make several incisions when conducting a complex maxillofacial surgery to access the affected bones. They may need to apply several techniques to correct the fracture. Those who sustain facial fractures frequently experience other medical issues which the oral and maxillofacial surgeon must discuss with other physicians so as to coordinate treatments.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons may prescribe a liquid diet to keep the patient’s nutritional needs in check while healing. Surgeons should provide patients with detailed information for continued facial and oral care after surgery.
SEEK TOP CARE FOR FACIAL INJURIES
Facial injuries impact essential bodily functions like breathing, eating, speaking, and even seeing. Take all facial injuries seriously and seek the advice of an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon like Dr. Nancy Herbst for quality results.