You do everything you can to ensure the health of your mouth. You brush and floss your teeth every day. You maintain regular dental cleanings and exams every six months. If you play sports, you wear a mouthguard. However, even with your best efforts, accidents can still happen. Any facial trauma, even if it seems insignificant, needs to be addressed immediately. In the event of facial trauma, National Dental Sunnyside can provide you with the emergency care you need, and restore the health of your mouth.
WHAT CAUSES FACIAL TRAUMA?
There are several different causes of facial trauma:
- Car accidents. Auto accidents are the leading cause of facial trauma.
- Sports-related injuries, such as a collision with another player.
- Falls (stairs, ladders, etc.)
- Getting hit during a physical altercation.
TYPES OF FACIAL TRAUMA
Facial trauma refers to any injury that occurs to your face, or inside your mouth. There are a few different types of facial trauma:
- Soft tissue injuries, including lacerations, burns, and contusions to your face or your oral tissues.
- Bone injuries, including fractures of the jaw, chin, cheekbones, eye sockets, nose, and forehead.
- Tooth injuries. Tooth injuries are a common occurrence with facial trauma. Your teeth may be knocked deeper into the sockets, or they may be partially dislodged. They may even be completely knocked out.
SOFT TISSUE TRAUMA
Trauma to your soft tissue includes lacerations, burns and other contusions to your facial and oral tissues. These injuries can have a significant impact on your appearance. However, that is not all. Your soft tissues are full of blood vessels and nerves. Some areas of your soft tissues contain salivary glands and ducts. If you experience soft tissue trauma, it is essential that you seek treatment right away. We are highly experienced in restoring the function of your nerves, salivary glands, and ducts, as well as the aesthetics of your face.
Just like any other bone in your body, your facial bones can be fractured as a result of facial trauma. However, unlike other bones in your body, a cast cannot be put on your face to set the affected bones. However, there are other ways that we can set them. One way in which we can do this is with wiring, which is common with jaw fractures. The jaw is wired shut, immobilizing it. While effective, this particular treatment has one major drawback. You cannot use your jaw while you heal.
The other way in which we can set facial bones is with plates and screws. This method holds bones securely in place, allowing them to heal. You have use of your jaw during your recovery. In many cases, the plates and screws are left in permanently.
Injuries to your teeth are common with facial trauma. Teeth can become chipped or fractured. They may be driven deeper into their sockets, or they can be partially dislodged, both of which involve resetting the tooth and holding it in place with a splint.
If your tooth is knocked completely out, it can be replanted. Locate your tooth and pick it up by the crown. Rinse it off with cool water and store it in a glass of milk until you can get to the office. If for some reason, the tooth cannot be replanted, we can discuss your options for replacement.
If you have experienced facial trauma, don’t wait. Call National Dental Sunnyside right away at (718) 925-3365.