Facial Trauma

Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery

Northern Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Surgeons located in Burke, VA, Reston, VA & Alexandria, VA

If you’re involved in an automobile accident, fall, or work-related injury, you might experience facial trauma, such as a knocked-out tooth, a broken jaw, or intraoral lacerations. Although these injuries are both serious and frightening, thanks to modern surgical treatments, improving your aesthetic appearance and restoring your ability to speak, chew, and smile is possible. The team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery in Burke, Alexandria, and Reston, Virginia, specializes in the repair of facial trauma using cutting-edge methods of treatment. Book your consultation today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.

Facial Trauma Q & A

What conditions fall under the umbrella of facial trauma?

At Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, the team treats an array of traumatic facial injuries, including:

  • Facial lacerations
  • Intraoral lacerations
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Fractured facial bones
  • Fractured jaws

There are three different categories of facial trauma: soft tissue injuries, or those that affect the skin and gums; bone injuries, including fractures and complete breaks; and injuries to special regions, or damage that affects the facial nerves, salivary glands, or eyes. 

What is the treatment for soft tissue facial trauma?

Treatment for soft tissue facial trauma depends on the source and severity of your injury. However, the team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, always works to provide the best cosmetic results possible, all while preventing further damage to underlying sensitive structures, including your facial nerves and salivary ducts.

Treatment may include stitches and staples, or the team might recommend more complex surgery, such as bone grafting.

What is the treatment for facial trauma that results in bone injuries?

Treatment for facial fractures depends on the location and severity of your injury. Other factors, such as your age and overall health, are also considered. If you break one or both jaws, the team might recommend wiring your jaws together.

Other times, the surgical placement of metal plates and screws may be necessary. This method of treatment is known as rigid fixation. It’s a relatively new procedure that significantly speeds up the recovery process, returning your jaws to normal function both quickly and effectively. 

The team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, always tries to minimize any damage to your facial features. They use minimally invasive procedures that require fewer incisions and smaller surgical tools than traditional operations.

What if my facial trauma results in one or more knocked-out teeth?

If you lose one or multiple teeth as the result of, for example, a sports-related injury or automobile accident, it’s important to try and make it to Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery as soon as possible. The sooner your teeth return to their socket, the greater their chances of survival. You should also try and preserve the tooth (or teeth) in a glass of milk or saltwater. 

If necessary, the team also coordinates care with endodontists. So, if you crack or badly damage a tooth, a root canal may be necessary. Other treatments to preserve broken or cracked teeth include splints, wires, or bonding. If saving a tooth is impossible, a dental implant can replace it to restore mouth function. 

To access comprehensive treatment for facial trauma, partner with the team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery. Make your appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.