Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained and qualified to treat facial trauma. Injuries to the face may result in both physical and emotional trauma. To achieve the best outcome, it is vital to have a team of doctors with experience managing these injuries.
Drs. Arzadon, Liang, Blais, and Jacks meet and exceed these modern standards. They are trained, skilled, and uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat facial trauma. They are on staff at local hospitals and provide emergency room coverage for facial injuries, including the following conditions:
There are several potential causes of facial trauma such as auto accidents, falls, sports injuries, interpersonal violence, and occupational injuries. The severity of the trauma can range from damaged teeth to injuring bones in your face. These injuries may be classified as:
When soft tissue injuries such as lacerations occur on your face, they are repaired with sutures. We focus on providing optimal functional and cosmetic result when treating structural injuries involving facial nerves, salivary glands, and salivary ducts. Drs. Arzadon, Liang, Blais, and Jacks are well-trained surgeons who are proficient in diagnosis and treatment of all types of facial lacerations.
Facial bone fractures are treated similarly to fractures in other bones in your body. The specific type of treatment we use will depend on various factors, such as the location of the injury, the severity, your age, and your general health.
Fractures are generally treated with opening the fracture sites to align the bone segments and placement of small screws and plates (open reduction with internal fixation). Smaller stable fractures can often be repaired with wiring the teeth in one jaw or the jaws together (closed reduction).
Isolated injuries to the teeth are common, and can require the expertise of different dental specialists. These injuries are treated with different forms of splinting (wiring or bonding the teeth together). If your tooth is knocked out, you should place it in salt water or milk and seek treatment immediately. The sooner the tooth is re-inserted, the higher likelihood of it surviving. Root canal is usually performed by the patient’s dentist or specialist (Endodontist) after the tooth is stabilized. If the tooth is not salvageable, dental implants are a likely option to replace missing teeth.
If you have suffered from any form of facial trauma or injury and are in need of treatment, call Northern Virginia Surgical Arts in Arlington, Gainesville, or Manassas, VA today!