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At NextGen OMS, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon performs a variety of dental and facial surgeries, including those involving facial trauma. Oral surgeons often perform critical care and acute treatment for those requiring reconstruction following surgery or injury. If you live in Richardson, TX, your dentist or medical professional may refer you to our clinic.
Maxillofacial and oral surgeons have unique qualifications when it comes to treating facial trauma. If you have injured your face, you probably have emotional as well as physical trauma associated with your condition. Dr. Eftekhari takes a hands-on approach when it comes to making each new patient feel comfortable and confident in the outcome of maxillofacial and oral surgery. Your emotional and mental well-being can impact the long-term outcome of your procedure. That’s why our caring staff takes the time to answer any questions that you may have regarding the procedure, our services, or the qualifications of our oral surgeon.
Dr. Eftekhari has the skills needed to repair the results of facial trauma, including the following conditions:
- Facial lacerations
- Knocked out (avulsed) teeth
- Fractured jaws
- Intraoral cuts (lacerations)
- Fractured facial bones
What You Need to Know About Facial Trauma
There are numerous causes of oral and facial trauma including vehicle accidents, sports injuries, violence, work injuries, and falls. Facial injuries range from broken and missing teeth, severe skin injuries, and broken bones.
There are three main types of facial trauma, as follows:
- Bone injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Injuries to the eyes, nerves, salivary glands, and other facial features.
Our oral surgeon handles a full array of facial trauma surgeries.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries include facial lacerations repaired with sutures. Dr. Eftekhari examines the wound closely to find the best treatment to yield optimal cosmetic results. He also inspects the area around the facial trauma for possible damage to salivary glands, salivary ducts, and facial nerves. If you have facial lacerations, particularly those impacting your mouth, an oral surgeon can provide the most proficient treatment available.
Maxillofacial Bone Injuries
If you fracture bones in your face, the healing process is similar to other bones in the body. However, special care is taken to preserve cosmetic appearances. The specific treatment needed will depend on your age, general health, and the severity of the fracture or break. If you break your arm or leg, the doctor can put a cast on it to facilitate healing. Obviously, a cast won’t work on your face, so special precautions are taken to speed up your recovery.
In some cases, you may need to have your jaws wired together in order for your upper or lower jaw to heal. In other cases, the surgeon will use screws and plates to stabilize your injured jaw. This is less invasive than wiring the jaws together and works best with minor fractures. Called rigid fixation, this method can greatly reduce recovery time and allow you to resume normal oral functions much faster than wiring your jaws together.
When deciding which treatment method to use, your oral surgeon will choose the one that has a minimal impact on your appearance. During surgery for facial trauma, the surgeon will make the fewest number of incisions possible. Additionally, each incision is made as small as possible and placed strategically to avoid obvious scarring.
This careful treatment is just one of the hallmarks of a surgeon who specializes in oral and maxillofacial reconstruction, repair, and treatment. If you have any concerns regarding your surgery, ask your surgeon to describe where the incisions will go and any potential scarring that may take place.
Teeth and Dental Structure Injuries
Injuries to the teeth and dental structures often result from accidents, sports injuries, and falls. This type of injury is one of the most common that requires the special skills of an oral surgeon in Richardson, TX.
Oral surgeons typically treat fractures in the jaw and supporting bones surrounding the mouth. From replanting teeth to repairing a broken jaw, oral and maxillofacial surgeons such as Dr. Eftekhari have many years of experience with teeth and dental injuries.
At NextGen OMS, we can treat injuries to teeth and dental structures using splinting techniques that require bonding or wiring teeth together. If you lose a tooth, pick it up and store it in milk or saltwater so that it can be re-inserted into the empty socket. This gives your tooth a fighting chance to survive. Although it sounds counterintuitive, don’t wipe the tooth off because you can wipe away ligaments needed to reattach the tooth to your jaw. If you lose a tooth and it cannot be re-inserted, your oral surgeon will provide you with a number of options to replace the tooth, including dental implants and other options.
When needed, Dr. Eftekhari will consult with other medical and dental professionals to ensure that your facial trauma receives the very best care from the right specialists. For example, you may need long-term reconstruction or rehabilitation depending on your injury.
Ready to Schedule a Consultation at NextGen OMS?
Patients often come to us in pain looking for a fast, precise solution to their facial trauma or other oral surgery needs. Whatever diagnosis you have received, Dr. Eftekhari will give you a full examination and help you understand all of your options. If you would like a second opinion or first-time evaluation, Dr. Eftekhari at NextGen OMS gladly accepts new patients. We don’t treat every patient the same because we know that everyone’s personal and physical needs are unique.
You can be sure that whatever questions and concerns you have will be met with straightforward and compassionate answers. When you need the best possible care for facial trauma, come to NextGen OMS near Richardson, TX.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation or to find out more information about any of our services.