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Facial Trauma

Facial trauma can involve injuries to the bone, teeth, skin, gums or other soft tissues. It can be caused by a number of events, such as falls, sports injuries, assaults, or motor vehicle accidents. Treatment depends on the kind of injury. Acute care involves treating loose or knocked-out teeth, suturing skin and soft tissue injuries, and setting and stabilizing fractured bones. Serious accidents or traumatic events may require complex surgical care involving a combination of treatments.

Sometimes, injuries caused by facial trauma can cause long-term problems if left untreated. For example, trauma to the mouth can cause teeth to become impacted or the bite to become misaligned, problems that may require correction by orthodontal or orthognathic treatment later. Some cases of temperomandibular joint disorder, a painful condition affecting the joints of the jaw, may be caused by facial trauma. And fractures that are not properly set can heal poorly, potentially causing discomfort as well as disfigurement later on.

If you experience pain or numbness in the face or mouth, an inability to open your mouth, deep cuts and lacerations, or a change in the alignment of your teeth because of a traumatic incident, visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

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