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881 Alma Real Dr., Suite. T4, Pacific Palisades, CA
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Facial Trauma


Facial trauma, or injuries to your face and mouth (including inside your mouth), can be serious. These injuries include such things as burns, lacerations, fractured facial bones, and tooth injuries. Any facial injury, even if it doesn’t seem serious, needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Untreated facial trauma can lead to a variety of different issues. At Palisades Surgical Arts, we can provide you with the treatment you need for your facial trauma injuries, restoring the functions of your mouth, your appearance, and your quality of life.

Causes of Facial Trauma


There are several different causes of facial trauma, including:
•  Automobile accidents. These accidents are the leading cause of facial trauma.
•  Sports-related injuries. These injuries include falls on the field, getting hit with a ball, stick, or another piece of equipment, or colliding with another player.
•  Falls. These may be falls at work (such as from a ladder), falling down stairs, slipping on a patch of ice, tripping, and more.
•  Physical altercations.

Diagram of facial trauma area to be corrected by oral surgeon in Pacific Palisades, CA.

Types of Facial Trauma


Facial trauma can present in some different ways:
•  Soft tissue injuries, which include burns, lacerations, and contusions to the soft tissues (lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, etc.) both inside and outside of the mouth.
•  Bone injuries. These injuries include fractures to the jaw, as well as the nose, cheekbones, eye sockets, and forehead.
•  Tooth injuries. Facial trauma often results in injuries to your teeth. It can push your teeth deeper into their sockets, partially dislodge them, or even knock them completely out.

Injuries to Soft Tissues


Your face, including the inside of your mouth, is covered in soft tissue. Not only is the tissue delicate, but it also houses blood vessels, nerves, and (in some areas of the face) salivary glands and ducts. Facial trauma can cause several different injuries to the soft tissues, including cuts, burns, contusions, and more. These injuries not only mar your appearance, but they can also potentially harm the function of the blood vessels, nerves, and salivary system. When faced with soft tissue injuries, it is imperative to have them treated right away, which helps to ensure that these functions are restored.

Injuries to Facial Bones


Much like any other type of fracture, fractured facial bones need to be set for them to heal. However, unlike other types of fractures (such as an arm or foot), your face cannot be put into a cast. To set facial bones, other methods need to be employed. One common way to set facial bones, particularly a fractured jawbone, is with wire. The wire keeps your jaw from moving while the bone heals. Another way facial bones are set is by using plates and screws. This method allows you to maintain jaw mobility. In many instances, the plates and screws are left in permanently.

Injuries to Your Teeth


Tooth injuries are a common occurrence with facial trauma. There are several ways the teeth can be injured. They may be chipped, cracked, or otherwise broken. They may even be shattered. Sometimes a tooth may be knocked deeper into the socket, or partially dislodged. In either of these cases, we can reset the tooth, and hold it in place using a splint until the bone and connective tissues around the tooth heal.

Facial trauma can also cause a tooth to be knocked out completely. Even if you lose a permanent tooth, it is still possible to save it. Find the tooth and carefully pick it up by the crown and rinse it off. Store the tooth in a jar of milk until we can make an appointment. In many cases, we can successfully replant the tooth. If the tooth is damaged, or cannot otherwise be replanted, we can discuss options for tooth replacement.

Facial trauma, no matter how minor it seems, needs to be addressed right away. If you have experienced any facial trauma, contact Palisades Surgical Arts at (424) 346-0955 today.
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