Facial Trauma Reconstruction
Here at Brighton Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Matthew Schacht understands how traumatic a facial injury can be, both physically and emotionally, and is committed to treating his patients with the utmost compassion and understanding.
Doctor Schacht's experience in facial trauma reconstruction includes:
- Fractured jaws- both upper and lower
- Fractured facial bones- eye socket, nose or cheek
- Knocked out teeth
- Facial lacerations
We are able to treat both soft tissue and bony injuries with the minimum amount of incisions possible, to minimize scarring and ensure that your appearance will not be negatively affected.
What Does Correcting Facial Trauma Involve?
If bones of the face or jaw have been broken or fractured, they can be held together by wiring or by inserting small screws or plates. Any cuts or lacerations can be treated quickly and easily by way of stitches. Dr. Schacht is careful to ensure minimal scarring.
If a tooth has been knocked out, there are a few possibilities for repairing the damage. Obviously, if the tooth is still intact and is brought in quickly enough, there is a possibility of reinsertion. Placing the tooth in a glass of milk until it can be brought in and examined can sometimes help preserve the root. However, in the event that the tooth does not qualify for reinsertion, a prosthetic tooth can be implanted to restore aesthetic appearance and functionality.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries to the face are typically repaired by stitches. Great care is taken to ensure the best cosmetic result, as well as to examine and treat any possible injuries to the nerves, ducts, or glands that may be affected. Dr. Schacht has treated a wide range of facial lacerations and is well trained and proficient in this area.
Bones fractures or breaks in the face are treated in a similar way to fractures that occur in other bones of the body. The exact form of treatment will depend on the location and severity of the fracture as well as the health and age of the patient. For fractures of the jaw, we may need to wire the jaw shut or use plates and screws to secure the jaw in the proper place for healing. Dr. Schacht will be sure to make as few incisions as possible in an attempt to ensure the best cosmetic result. Incisions are often strategically placed so that the scar is hidden by the patient’s ears or hair.
Dr. Matthew Schacht will perform a thorough exam and take x-rays in order to create the best treatment plan for your specific injuries.
Not To Be Taken Lightly!
No facial injury should be taken lightly. A number of serious health and dental concerns arise from facial trauma, such as respiratory or breathing issues, speech, and swallowing. Typically extensive maxillofacial fractures are accompanied by other serious medical problems. Dr. Schacht, one of Brighton's finest oral and maxillofacial surgeons, will utilize his special care with his medical specialists to ensure that you receive the best overall care and results.