Facial trauma happens when least expected. When an injury has occurred to the oral and maxillofacial area, an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon like Dr. McPhillips is the ideal medical professional to seek for treatment. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo years of education and training beyond dental school to obtain a specialized understanding of the complex structures of the face. They are uniquely equipped with how to address traumatic injuries to restore balance to the face best, restore occlusion, and achieve optimal healing.
If you or your child has experienced trauma to the oral and maxillofacial area, Dr. McPhillips can help. As we understand that facial trauma injuries can occur at any time and range in severity, please go to the nearest emergency room if your injury was sustained after hours or is extensive. They can contact Dr. McPhillips after completing a comprehensive evaluation to rule out other traumatic injuries that may have been sustained concomitant with facial injuries.
Common facial trauma injuries include
If you have sustained an injury to the face, please call Stephenville Oral Surgery as soon as possible. We will make every effort to see you promptly. The severity and location of the injury will determine the appropriate treatment. In general, this is the type of treatment you can expect if facial cuts, facial fractures, or dental injuries are experienced.
Cuts that are sustained in or around the mouth are commonly treated with stitches. Your oral surgeon will evaluate your condition and utilize the best suturing technique in an attempt to minimize visible scarring and ensure optimal healing.
When fractures occur elsewhere in the body, the bones are usually stabilized with casts. Since facial bones cannot be set this way, wires, plates, and screws are typically used.
Most of the time, a dentist can fix a tooth that is broken or cracked. However, if a tooth has been severely injured, such as knocked-out or broken at the socket, seeking an oral surgeon for treatment may be necessary.
If your tooth has been completely knocked out, do not wipe it off or attempt to clean it. Put the tooth in a container of saliva or whole milk and bring it with you to our practice. The first 30 minutes after sustaining a severe dental injury offers the best chance for saving a tooth. Please call us as soon as possible if this happens.
Despite our best efforts, a tooth may not be able to be saved after sustaining an injury. If this happens, your oral surgeon can discuss all of your options for tooth replacement, including dental implants.
Please call Stephenville Oral Surgery to seek immediate treatment of a traumatic facial injury. However, if you or your child has sustained a severe, extensive, or after-hours injury, please go to the nearest emergency room for evaluation first.