Facial Trauma

Restore Facial Aesthetics and Improve Your Ability to Eat and Speak

There are more than three million facial trauma cases in the United States each year, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons regularly treat these cases promptly. Most oral surgeons are staffed at local hospitals where they provide immediate care for emergencies. If you or someone you love experiences a facial trauma, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is the expert in treating and managing any facial trauma case.

Oral surgeons undergo extensive education and specialized training to properly address injuries to the mouth, teeth, facial bones, and skin. Dr. Clark, Dr. Young, Dr. Lewallen, and Dr. Bailey have undergone a hospital-based surgical residency program, providing them with hands-on training in general surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and anesthesiology. As oral health professionals, they treat patients in Franklin and Thompson’s Station who have suffered from facial trauma with superior care, compassion, and precision.

If you are currently experiencing a medical emergency, go to the nearest emergency room to receive care from the oral surgeon on call.

Causes of Facial Trauma

The most common traumatic events that cause injury to the face include automobile accidents, falls, work-related injuries, sports injuries, physical assaults, and everyday accidents in the home. The specific treatment that is employed to correct the injury will depend on the kind of injury sustained by the patient.

Every individual facial trauma is unique; some of the more frequently seen facial trauma injuries include

  • Avulsed (knocked-out) or displaced teeth
  • Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
  • Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
  • Facial lacerations
  • Intraoral lacerations

Treatment Options for Facial Trauma

When you come to Southern Oral & Facial Surgery for treatment, we will take 3D scans to determine the state of your facial structures. For any type of procedure, we offer several anesthesia options to ensure you are comfortable.

If you’ve experienced a minor injury, such as a facial laceration or an avulsed tooth, you may only require the placement of sutures or dental implants. Serious facial injuries, like a facial fracture or a jaw fracture, may involve a more complex procedure requiring more than one treatment. Corrective jaw surgery may be necessary in order to surgically reposition misaligned jaws.

Regardless of the severity or type of injury, it is extremely important to have facial trauma cases treated quickly and efficiently. Immediate treatment ensures that the mouth and face are properly restored and do not develop long-term complications. If the patient does not seek immediate treatment, they are at risk for long-term problems such as jaw misalignment, the development of TMJ disorder, or jaw bone deterioration.

If you or a loved one experiences a facial trauma, Drs. Clark, Young, Lewallen, and Bailey are available to treat your facial or dental injury in our offices in Franklin, TN, and Thompson’s Station, TN. In cases of emergency, our staff will work to see you and start your treatment plan as soon as possible. Our doctors and their highly trained, compassionate surgical team will assist you and work diligently to restore the natural look and function of your face and mouth.

Types of Anesthesia

There are several anesthesia options available so patients can feel comfortable and at ease during treatment.

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