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Facial Trauma
Flower Mound, TX

Facial trauma refers to a variety of different injuries that occur to your face and mouth. Ranging from mild to severe, facial trauma requires treatment from an OMS. The face is delicate and complex, containing soft tissues, nerves, blood vessels, and bones. We are highly trained in emergency care, immediate care, long-term care and even facial reconstruction. Along with restoring function, we can also minimize scarring to provide the best aesthetic results possible. In the event of facial trauma, DFW Oral Surgeons can help.

Types of Facial Trauma

There are several different types of facial trauma that can occur. All of these injuries can also range in severity from mild to severe. Common types of facial trauma include:
•  Lacerations to the facial tissue or inside the mouth, which can affect the nerves, salivary glands or salivary ducts.
•  Burns.
•  Damaged sinus cavities.
•  Fractured facial bones, such as the orbital sockets, cheekbones, nose or your forehead.
•  Fractured jaw.

Causes of Facial Trauma

Facial trauma can occur in some different situations.
•  A car accident. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of facial trauma.
•  Sports related injuries.
•  Falling.
•  Getting into a physical altercation.

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

If you have experienced facial trauma, we will perform a thorough evaluation of your mouth to determine the extent of the damage. We will perform such tests as angiography, which help us to locate the source of bleeding, and X-rays and CT scans, which help us to determine the presence of fractured bones. Once we have diagnosed all of the issues present, we can then formulate an effective treatment plan that will provide you with the best results possible.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Your face and your mouth are made up of a significant amount of soft tissue. This tissue, which contains blood vessels, nerves, salivary glands and salivary ducts, is highly delicate. Facial trauma not only affects these systems, but it can also have a significant impact on your appearance. We can repair the systems in these soft tissues, restoring their functions, as well as minimize scarring to restore the appearance of your face.

Bone Injuries

Fractured facial bones, much like any other type of fractured bone, need to be set to promote healing. However, unlike other bones, facial bones cannot be set with a cast. Instead, we have a couple of different options to treat bone injuries. One way, common with jaw fractures, is with the wiring. The jaw is wired shut, preventing movement so that the bones can heal. However, with prohibited movement, your diet, and many other functions of your mouth, become limited.

The other way in which facial bone fractures are treated is with plates and screws. The plates are screwed onto the bone to stabilize the fractures and hold them together. With this treatment, you are still able to use your mouth as normal.

Tooth Injuries

Tooth injuries are common with facial trauma. Teeth may be chipped, fractured, split or shattered. They may be partially dislodged or shoved deeper into the sockets. In some cases, the teeth may be knocked out completely. Damaged teeth can often be treated with crowns. If the damage is severe, however, the teeth may need to be extracted and then replaced. For teeth that have been moved out of their proper placement, either partially dislodged or pushed deeper into the socket, can be reset and supported by a splint. Even teeth that have been completely knocked out, it is still possible to replant them if action is taken immediately. If the event that the teeth cannot be replanted, replacement options will be discussed.

Whether mild or severe, facial trauma should be treated immediately by an OMS. If you have experienced facial trauma, call DFW Oral Surgeons today to schedule your consultation at (972) 539-1491

Dr. Shillingburg and the amazing team at DFW Oral Surgeons are proud to provide exceptional care, including wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and many other services to residents in and around Argyle, Bartonville, Highland Village, Lantana, Double Oak, South Denton, Denton County, and surrounding areas. Not only has Dr. Shillingburg won best Oral Surgeon of Denton County in 2017 and 2018. He has over 10 years of experience treating patients in his state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center in Flower Mound, TX.

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