What Is Facial Trauma Surgery?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained, skilled, and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. Dr. McGrath has extensive experience in the treatment of facial injuries and is well versed in emergency care, acute treatment, and long-term reconstruction. Injuries to the face, by their very nature, impart a high degree of emotional as well as physical trauma to patients. The science and art of treating these injuries require special training involving a hands-on experience and an understanding of how the treatment provided will influence the patient’s long-term function and appearance. Injuries to the facial structures require the expertise of specially trained surgeons. Maxillofacial surgeons undergo several years of additional medical education and training after completion of dental school, which uniquely qualifies them to treat patients who suffer various types of facial trauma, such as:
- Facial lacerations
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
- Fractured jaws (upper or lower jaw)
- Intraoral lacerations
- Knocked-out teeth
Facial trauma is often the result of an accident, either in the home, workplace, or a motor vehicle collision, but can also be caused by a sports mishap or an act of violence. The severity of the injuries varies greatly, but it is imperative that you seek medical attention, regardless of how minor the injuries may seem to be. Otherwise, you will be at risk of incurring long-term damage in your ability to eat, speak, breathe, or see properly.
Restoration of their physical appearance is also a primary concern for patients who suffer a maxillofacial injury. Dr. McGrath will address your concerns by developing surgical treatment and post-operative recovery plans that are most suitable for your long-term functional needs and cosmetic desires.
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