Oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete years of specialized training and education to understand the function and aesthetics of the face. Injury to the teeth, jaw bone, or face requires the experienced hand of an oral surgeon.
Facial trauma injuries can vary in severity and location. The most common facial trauma injuries include
- Cuts to the face
- Cuts inside the mouth
- Teeth that are broken or knocked out
- Broken jaw
- Broken facial bones
We know that facial trauma injuries happen when least expected. If you or your child has experienced an injury to the oral and maxillofacial area, Dr. Boynton at Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants will make every effort to see you as soon as possible. However, please go to the nearest emergency room if a facial trauma injury occurs after hours or is extensive. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon on call will treat you.
Treating Facial Injuries
Dr. Boynton at Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants is a qualified and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon who can treat your facial trauma injury. We will do our best to see you as soon as possible to treat you. The type of treatment you will receive for your facial trauma injury will depend on a few factors, such as the severity and location of the injury.
Stitches are a common treatment for cuts that occur inside or around the mouth. Your oral surgeon will use the best technique for minimal scarring and optimal healing.
Facial fractures are unique in treatment because they cannot be stabilized using traditional casts. Instead, wires, screws, and plates are used.
In general, if a tooth is broken or cracked, a dentist will fix it. However, severe injury to one tooth — or multiple teeth — may require an oral surgeon for optimal treatment. A tooth that has been completely knocked out or broken at the socket is considered a severe dental injury.
The first 30 minutes after a severe dental injury is the most critical for saving a natural tooth. If your tooth has been knocked out, please see us as soon as possible. If you are able to locate the tooth, do not try to wipe it off or disinfect it. Simply place it in a container of saliva or whole milk and bring it with you to our practice.
At Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we will do everything that we can to save a natural tooth. However, it may not be possible for all dental injuries. If your tooth cannot be saved after a facial trauma injury, your oral surgeon will discuss your tooth replacement options with you, including dental implants.
Facial Trauma Treatment
We understand that facial trauma injuries can happen anywhere, at any time. If you have experienced a facial trauma injury, please see us for immediate treatment. If your injury is severe, extensive, or occurs after hours, go to the nearest emergency room for prompt treatment by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon on call.