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