Management of facial fractures may be done either in a hospital setting or in-office. The most frequent types of facial fractures seen and treated in the office include mandibular fractures (lower jaw) and dentoalveolar fractures (teeth and the supporting bone structures). Regardless of the type of fracture the key is to provide stabilization of the injury to facilitate healing in the appropriate position to allow for a long term, stable bite (occlusion).
Methods such as jaw wiring or titanium plates and screws are utilized. The duration of therapy varies depending on the severity and type of the injury. The most difficult long term issue is the prognosis for the teeth involved in the fracture. At times, these teeth require root canal therapy, periodontal therapy, restorative therapy or even extraction in the future.
Facial lacerations are typically repaired acutely and this typically produces a subtle scar. At times, depending on the type of injury, this may need minor intervention after repair to minimize the visibility. Your dentist may refer you to our clinic for evaluation. Patients with significant trauma will likely be seen and treated in a hospital setting.
Dr. Sowden are trained and skilled in managing traumatic facial injuries including the following:
If you are interested in learning more about facial trauma, please discuss this with your family dentist or call our office and we would be glad to provide you with additional information.