FOR ANY FACIAL INJURY THAT IS EXTENSIVE, SEVERE, AND/OR OCCURS AFTER HOURS, PLEASE GO TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM TO RECEIVE PROMPT TREATMENT BY THE ORAL SURGEON ON CALL.
At Whitewater Oral Surgery Group, we know that facial trauma happens when you least expect it. After a facial trauma event, please give us a call so we can see you as soon as possible.
Oral surgeons undergo extensive training and education beyond dental school to diagnose and repair conditions of the face. At Whitewater Oral Surgery Group, we treat a variety of facial trauma cases, from replacing broken or knocked-out teeth to treating fractures of the jaw.
Facial Trauma Causes and Treatment
Some of the most common causes of facial trauma injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Accidents in the home
- Sports injuries
- Work-related injuries
- Physical assaults
In the event of a facial trauma, our oral surgeons will assess the injured area, take any X-rays or 3D imaging, if needed, and determine the appropriate course of treatment. Multiple treatments may be necessary to repair function and restore aesthetics. Common facial trauma injuries include:
- Fractured facial bones
- Fractures jaws
- Knocked-out teeth
- Facial cuts
- Cuts inside the mouth
Types of Anesthesia
Whitewater Oral Surgery Group uses three main types of anesthesia:
Local anesthesia is administered directly to the surgical site and only affects the local area. It is commonly used for minor procedures, such as simple dental extractions or small soft tissue biopsies.
Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas and is a mild sedative inhaled through a mask over the mouth and nose. It is often used in conjunction with local anesthesia. The effects of the gas will dissipate after breathing some oxygen for a few minutes after the procedure.
IV sedation is administered into the patient’s vein. This type of sedation is most commonly used during impacted wisdom teeth extraction, extensive dental implant surgery, or any surgical procedure that may be more complex in nature.