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Experienced, Compassionate Care for Facial Trauma


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Dr. Parker discusses varying degrees of facial trauma, including what steps are commonly taken to address each type of injury.

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Dr. Parker: Here at Oralmaxofacial Surgery Associates, the doctors here, we take care of about 85% of the maxofacial trauma in the Alabama, South Alabama region. That involves anything traumatic to the facial structures involving the jawbone, nose, basically anything above the neck. Most soft tissues injuries generally involve simple lacerations which are simple just stitches. Occasionally, depending on the structures involved, it may need something a little bit more extensive whether that be nerve repair or salivary gland considerations. General soft tissue injuries recovery time is less than a day. After that you're back to your normal activities. A little bit sore obviously, but nothing that should keep you from doing any of your normal activities. Bony injuries to the face, the treatment for that all depends on what structures are involved. If the jawbones are involved then often the jawbones have to be realigned which involves lining the teeth together into their normal occlusion which involves wiring the teeth together. That sometimes will have to stay for up to six weeks if you have a broken jaw and it needs to be wired together. Dental injuries are taken on a case by case basis. If it's superficial to the tooth and your tooth can be saved, often your dentist will repair that tooth or it may need to get a root canal for it. However, if the tooth is beyond repair or it's fractured in such a way that it cannot be restored then we will remove the tooth for you and then look at options of grafting and implants to replace that tooth. Now sometimes the tooth itself is not injured but the bone encasing the tooth is injured in what's called an alveolar fracture. In those cases, generally the tooth needs to be splinted in place. Often it involves applying appliances a lot like braces that just hold the tooth there while it can heal. Sometimes if, depending on how much trauma that tooth has taken, it may end up needing a root canal in the future.

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