If you suffer a facial trauma during an automobile collision, sports accident, or even an assault, you need an expert surgeon to repair and restore your face and jaw. The expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology, in Fairfield, California, have years of clinical training and experience in surgically repairing facial trauma injuries. If you’re looking for an expert surgeon, call or schedule a consultation online today.
What are the common causes of facial trauma?
More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year. If you’re hit in the face with enough impact to loosen or dislodge a tooth, chances are you’re sustaining additional traumatic facial trauma such as a broken jaw or cheekbone.
The most common causes of facial trauma are car collisions and sports accidents. You could also sustain a traumatic facial injury during a fall, workplace accident, or even through interpersonal violence.
Children and young people are most likely to sustain facial trauma during a sports accident. All athletes, especially children, should wear a mouthguard while training and competing.
Why is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon best placed to repair facial trauma?
In addition to being painful and frightening, facial trauma can also interfere with your appearance and your self-confidence. That’s why it’s critical that you work with an experienced maxillofacial surgeon when it comes to repairing facial trauma such as fractured jawbones, cheekbones, and orbital bones.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete extensive surgical training, including intensive residency programs where they hone and perfect their skills as facial surgeons. They study facial anatomy and the precise way the jaw joint works and how the small muscles and connective tissues all work together to allow you to speak and eat.
How should I prepare for surgery?
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions before your surgery. However, in general, you shouldn’t eat after midnight or have any alcohol or tobacco products on the night before your surgery. Take off all nail polish and make sure you have a friend or family member who can drive you to and from your appointment.
What should I expect after facial trauma surgery?
Recovery times and experiences vary between patients. For example, you may or may not need to stay overnight after your surgery. Your surgeon will give you instructions and prescriptions to manage your pain and to take care of your teeth after your procedure. You’ll have follow-up appointments to make sure you’re healing well, and that function is returning to your jaw.
If you’re looking for an expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon, contact the team at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology by calling the practice or booking online today.