Facial trauma is a term that refers to a wide variety of different injuries that affect your face and mouth. It includes injuries to soft tissues, bones, and teeth. Any facial injuries, no matter how minor they seem at the time, need to be addressed right away. North Atlanta Family Dentistry can help.
Causes of Facial Trauma
Facial trauma can be caused by some different issues. These include:
Types of Facial Trauma
Facial trauma is a broad term. There are many different types of facial trauma that can result as the result of an injury.
How Important is Treating Facial Trauma?
Facial trauma requires immediate treatment, even if the injuries do not seem all that serious when they first occur. One of the major reasons facial trauma requires prompt treatment is that some injuries can impact the appearance of your face. Depending upon the location of the injuries, your breathing, eating, or speaking abilities may be affected. Failure to treat facial trauma can also result in loss of functionality of certain parts of your face, such as nerves or salivary ducts, and can lead to bite irregularities.
Soft Tissue Trauma
Soft tissue trauma refers to injuries that occur to your outer facial tissues as well as your intraoral tissues. These injuries do more than just affect the appearance of your face. They can also impact your blood vessels, nerves, and salivary glands and ducts. The faster you receive treatment, the more likely it is that we can repair the functionality of these components. We are also able to help restore facial aesthetics as well.
Trauma to Bones
Like any other fractured bone in your body, fractured facial bones need to be set. However, we cannot set facial bones with a cast. Instead, there are a couple of different ways we can set the injured bones, allowing them to heal properly.
One way of setting facial bones is with wires. This is common with jawbone fractures. A special wire is used to wire your mouth closed. This renders your jaw immobile as the injury heals. While effective, the movement of your mouth is significantly restricted. You cannot bite and chew, and speaking can be difficult.
Another option for setting facial bones is with plates and screws. With this type of treatment, you can move your mouth freely while you heal. However, plates and screws are often left in permanently.
Dental trauma refers to the many injuries that can occur to your teeth. These types of injuries are common with facial trauma. Teeth can become chipped or cracked. They can become displaced, or they can be knocked out completely. Treating dental injuries is essential for restoring your oral health, its functionality, and the appearance of your smile.
The type of treatment you receive depends upon the type of injuries you experience. Cracked and chipped teeth can be restored with crowns. Displaced teeth can be set back into place and secured with a splint while the bone and periodontal ligaments heal. If you have lost a tooth, it is possible to replant it. A splint will help to secure the tooth while the periodontal ligament and bone heal. If your tooth is too damaged to be restored, or the tooth cannot be replanted, we can provide you with a replacement.
If you have suffered facial trauma, it is imperative to get treatment right away, even if it does not seem all that serious at the time. Call North Atlanta Family Dentistry at (470) 387-0500 today to schedule your appointment.