We hope you’ll never experience a facial injury; however, you may be surprised to learn that there are more than 3 million cases of facial trauma admitted each year to hospitals in the United States. If you experience facial trauma – we’re here to help! Whether you have a major injury that requires hospitalization or a more minor injury, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specialists in these injuries. In fact, it is not uncommon for oral and maxillofacial surgeons to be busy members of any emergency room trauma team. If you’ve been referred from an emergency room or just think you might have an injury, call us right away for a consultation.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have undergone intensive and unique training during their education that allows them to address a wide range of dental and surgical problems. They are required to complete four or more years of comprehensive surgical training and medical education in addition to their dental school training, which qualifies them as experts in correcting the functionality of the jaw, restoring the aesthetics of facial proportions, and replacing damaged or missing teeth. Each facial trauma case is unique, because there are several different ways that the face and mouth can be affected by trauma situations.
Some of the more frequently seen facial trauma injuries include
- Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
- Facial lacerations
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, eye socket, or forehead)
- Intraoral lacerations
What causes facial trauma?
Numerous events can contribute to facial trauma injuries, including automobile accidents, work-related injuries, falls, sports injuries, physical assaults, and accidents in the home. The kind of injury incurred will determine which treatment that is necessary to correct the problem. Minor injuries, such as knocked-out teeth or facial laceration, may only require the placement of dental implants or sutures while serious incidents may involve a more complex approach and require the use of more than one treatment.
It is important to treat cases of facial trauma in a timely manner to avoid the long-term problems that may arise if left untreated. Failure to treat facial trauma can result in impacted teeth, misalignment of the jaw and bite, resorption of the jaw bone, the development of disorders in the temporomandibular joint of the jaw, and even facial discomfort and disfigurement. If you have suffered a facial injury of any sort, we encourage you to contact our office immediately.
Drs. Rehrer and Lieblick are on staff at several local hospitals and are on call to deliver emergency room coverage for any facial injuries that may occur. At Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we are passionate about helping to restore oral and maxillofacial function and aesthetics to every patient who has been in a trauma situation.
Where can I get facial trauma surgery in northern Oregon & southern Washington?
If you experience a facial trauma injury, it’s important to seek treatment from an oral surgeon immediately. Fortunately, Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons has four convenient office locations, so whether you are located in Gresham, OR, Camas, WA, Milwaukie, OR, or The Dalles, OR, we can treat your facial trauma injury. We serve communities in the 97030, 98607, 97222, and 97058 areas. If you suffer a facial trauma, we encourage you to contact our office – we strive to ensure we see facial trauma patients on the same day that you call.