You may be surprised to learn that there are more than three million cases of facial trauma admitted each year to hospitals in the United States. And just like a neurosurgeon is called upon to treat trauma to the brain, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is called upon to manage and treat facial trauma cases. In fact, the American College of Surgeons mandates that all Level I trauma centers in the United States have oral and maxillofacial surgeons on staff to treat traumatic facial injuries.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo intensive and unique training that allows them to address a range of surgical problems. Oral surgeons are required to complete four or more years of comprehensive surgical training and medical education in addition to their dental school training, which qualifies them as experts in correcting the functionality of the jaw, restoring the aesthetics of facial proportions, and replacing damaged or missing teeth.
Each facial trauma case is unique because there are several different ways that the face and mouth can be affected by trauma situations.
Some of the more frequently seen facial trauma injuries include:
- Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
- Facial lacerations
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
- Intraoral lacerations
What causes facial trauma?
Numerous events can contribute to facial trauma injuries, including automobile accidents, work-related injuries, falls, sports injuries, physical assaults, and accidents in the home. The kind of injury incurred will determine the treatment that is necessary to correct the problem. Minor injuries, such as knocked-out teeth or facial lacerations, may only require the placement of dental implants or stitches, while serious incidents may involve a more complex approach and require the use of more than one treatment.
It is important to treat cases of facial trauma promptly to avoid the long-term problems that may arise if left untreated. Failure to treat facial trauma can result in pain, infection, dysfunction of the eyes and/or nose, misalignment of the jaw and bite, resorption of the facial bones, the development of disorders in the temporomandibular joint of the jaw, and even facial discomfort and disfigurement. If you have suffered a facial injury of any sort, we encourage you to contact our office immediately.
Dr. Matthew Poore is on staff at the local hospital and is on-call to deliver emergency room coverage for any facial injuries that may occur. At Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we are compassionate about helping to restore oral and maxillofacial function and aesthetics to every patient who has been in a trauma situation.
Where can I get facial trauma surgery in Monroe County, PA?
At Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we offer a wide variety of oral and facial surgery services, including the surgical treatment of facial trauma injuries. Dr. Matthew Poore and his highly skilled team serve all of Monroe County, including East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Marshalls Creek, Tannersville, Bartonsville, Bangor, Bushkill, Brodheadsville, Tobyhanna, Sciota, Saylorsburg, Nazareth, Swiftwater, Mt. Pocono, Reeders, Mt. Bethel, Cresco, Blakeslee, Pocono Summit, Effort, Kresgeville, Kunkletown, Pen Argyl, Hazelton, PA, and Blairstown, NJ.