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If you experience facial trauma due to an automobile accident, sports-related injury, or slip-and-fall, it’s important to seek professional medical help as soon as possible. Acting quickly can prevent further complications and ensure your body heals effectively. At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants, with two locations in the Bayside area of Queens and Manhattan's Upper East Side, expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons Scott Goldstein, MS, DDS, and Peter Rosa, DDS, MD, FACS, specialize in treating all types of facial trauma. To schedule your appointment, call the New York City office nearest you or book online today.
Facial trauma is a blanket term used to describe any type of injury to the jaw, teeth, mouth, or face. This can include soft tissue injuries like lacerations, burns, and bruises or fractures to the jawbone, nasal bones, or eye sockets.
Regardless of the type of facial trauma you experience, it’s important to seek professional medical help. Without proper treatment, facial trauma can result in jaw misalignments, bite issues, breathing problems, and in severe cases, challenges speaking.
Facial trauma can occur for several reasons. The team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants regularly works with patients to diagnose and treat facial trauma caused by:
The team also treats facial trauma caused by functional problems like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Over time, TMJ can damage your tooth enamel and cause chronic jaw pain.
The symptoms of facial trauma vary depending on the underlying cause and source of injury. Telltale signs of facial trauma include:
If you experience facial trauma that fractures your jaw, you might also have difficulty opening your mouth or speaking.
To diagnose facial trauma, your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants provider conducts a thorough oral exam, asks you questions about the source of your injury, and reviews your medical history.
Your provider also takes X-rays or a computed tomography (CT) scan to better observe your jawbone and surrounding soft tissue structures. After gathering this information, your provider can pinpoint the source of your discomfort and make recommendations for treatment.
The process for treating facial trauma depends on the severity of your injury as well as the underlying cause. If you have a dislocated jaw or muscle strain, your provider might prescribe muscle relaxants to ease pain and encourage motion. If you break your jaw or experience multiple fractures, your provider might recommend jaw surgery or orthognathic surgery.
For more severe fractures, your provider might recommend wiring your jaw shut. This type of treatment works to minimize swelling and pain, while encouraging your body’s natural healing process.
To schedule your facial trauma appointment at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants, call the office nearest you or book online today.