FACIAL TRAUMA SURGERY
Dr. Won is trained, skilled, and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma surgery which include the following conditions:
- Facial lacerations
- Intraoral lacerations
- Avulsed teeth
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower)
The Nature of Maxillofacial Trauma
There are a number of possible causes of facial trauma such as motor vehicle accidents, accidental falls, sports injuries, and work-related injuries, etc. Facial injuries can range from injuries to the teeth to extremely severe injuries of the skin and bones of the face. Typically, facial injuries are classified as either soft tissue injuries (skin and gums), bone injuries (fractures), or injuries to special regions (such as the eyes, facial nerves or the salivary glands).
Soft Tissue Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region
When soft tissue injuries such as lacerations occur on the face, they are repaired by suturing. Our doctors take special care to also inspect and treat injuries to the surrounding areas such as nerves and glands. Our doctors are well-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons and are proficient at diagnosing and treating all types of facial lacerations.
Bone Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region
Fractures of the bones of the face are treated in a manner similar to the fractures in other parts of the body. The specific form of treatment is determined by various factors, which include the location of the fracture, the severity of the fracture, and the age and general health of the patient. When an arm or a leg is fractured, a cast is often applied to stabilize the bone to allow for proper healing. Since a cast cannot be placed on the face, other means have been developed to stabilize facial fractures.
For upper and/or lower jaw fractures, a technique involving wiring the jaws together is often practiced. Certain types of fractures of the jaw are best treated and stabilized by the surgical placement of small plates and screws at the injured site. This technique alleviates the need to have the jaws wired together. This technique is called “rigid fixation” of a fracture. The relatively recent development and use of rigid fixation have profoundly improved the recovery period for many patients, allowing them to return to normal function more quickly.
It is the goal of our surgeons to make minimal incisions when possible in an attempt to preserve the facial features and reduce the effects of scarring.