Facial Trauma / Cosmetic Facial Surgery

Facial Trauma

Any kind of injury to the face, teeth, gums or jaw line, whether due to motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports, work related, or physical violence, can affect either your sight or your ability to breathe, speak or swallow. These injuries can range from facial cuts and lacerations to more serious problems such as broken teeth and fractures. Facial fractures can involve any combination of bones in the lower or upper jaw, palate, cheekbones, or eyesocket .

Our doctors are specially trained to treat injuries specific to the mouth, face, and jaw. Not all facial injuries are alike; some are more serious than others. Even in the case of a moderately cut lip, the expertise of our doctors is invaluable in bringing about the desired cosmetic result.

The treatment of facial fractures is similar to the treatment of a broken arm or leg. The method of treatment is determined by various factors such as the location and severity of the fracture and the age and health of the patient.

The patients facial appearance is minimally affected in the treatment of facial fractures. In accessing the facial bones, the incisions are designed to be small and, whenever possible, placed in areas such as the hairline or jaw so that the resulting scar is hidden from view.

While you cannot always avoid injury, accidents do happen. It is important to use seatbelts when riding in any automobile. For that same reason, if you are an athlete, use protective mouth guards and appropriate masks and helmets for your sport.

Cosmetic Facial Surgery

Cosmetic facial surgery involves the treatment of problems affecting the mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and related facial structures. Patients with these conditions may have an abnormal or unbalanced facial appearance, and may have difficulty chewing, swallowing or speaking. The goals of cosmetic facial surgery are to treat the problem and achieve the most aesthetically pleasing results possible. Some examples of these procedures are tooth extractions and replacements, orthodontics, bone grafting, orthognathic and reconstructive surgery, and treatment of traumatic injury, cancers and oral diseases.