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The Physical & Emotional Toll of Facial Trauma

When experiencing facial trauma, patients go through much more than just physical injury and pain. There is also emotional trauma that can be just as, if not more, debilitating. This is because our faces are an important part of how we see and interact with the world. Our faces are how we express ourselves and show our emotions. When that is taken away or changed, it can be very difficult to cope.

Facial trauma can cause a great deal of physical pain. There can be swelling, bruising, cuts, and even broken bones. All of this can make it difficult to eat, talk, or even breathe. The physical pain can be overwhelming and take a long time to heal. Furthermore, facial trauma can also lead to self-consciousness and feelings of isolation, which, in turn, can wreck an individual’s mental health. Facial trauma surgery repairs facial damage and restores your quality of life.

Facial Trauma Surgery Can Correct:

  • Jaw fractures
  • Facial bone fractures
  • Cheek, nose, or eye socket fractures
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Intraoral lacerations
  • Facial lacerations

Types of Maxillofacial Trauma & Injuries

Facial trauma and injuries can be caused by numerous factors, such as vehicle accidents, falls, acts of violence, work-related injuries, sports injuries, and more. The appropriate treatment for facial trauma depends on numerous factors, including the severity of the trauma and the injured tissues. Maxillofacial trauma can be classified into soft tissue injuries, bone injuries, and dental injuries. Below, we describe what each type of maxillofacial trauma indicates.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are those that primarily affect the soft tissues, such as the skin and gums. Lacerations and most other soft tissue injuries can usually be repaired with sutures. Dr. Fathimani also assesses the surrounding tissues and inspects for potential damage to the salivary glands, salivary ducts, and facial nerves.

Bone Injuries

Fractures or bone injuries on the face can be treated using similar procedures as fractures elsewhere on the body. The specific details of the surgery depend on the location of the injury, the severity of the fracture, and other factors. However, unlike the arms, legs, and other parts of the body, the facial muscles can’t be immobilized with a cast, so the surgeon must rely on other methods of immobilization, such as wiring the jaws together, small plates, and screws.

Dental Injuries

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can also treat injuries that affect the teeth and other surrounding structures. If your tooth is knocked out of the socket, you must take it to the surgeon immediately. The oral surgeon can re-insert the tooth into the socket if it’s still healthy. Oral surgeons can also offer dental implants to replace missing teeth, perform root canal therapy to preserve natural teeth, or repair and rebuild fractured teeth.

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Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a triple-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM). He also completed an advanced fellowship from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Canada. If you’re suffering from maxillofacial trauma, please schedule a consultation to explore your oral and maxillofacial trauma surgery options.

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