Every year people of all ages sustain facial injuries from automobile, bike, boat and recreational vehicle accidents. In addition, accidents during athletic activities and physical altercations can be causes of facial trauma. Many of these traumas involve fractures of the upper and lower jaw, cheekbones, nose and/or bones surrounding the eyes.
Not all facial injuries are extensive but they are complex. Injuries to the face cause a high degree of emotional, as well as physical trauma to patients. Even in the case of a cut lip or eyebrow, the expertise of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon is indispensable. If sutures are required they must be precise to bring the desired cosmetic result. Treating these injuries requires special training involving hands-on experience and an understanding of how the treatment provided will influence the patient’s long term function and appearance.
Professionals involved in the proper treatment of facial injuries must be well versed in emergency care, acute treatment and long term reconstruction and rehabilitation — not just for physical reasons but emotional as well. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to deal with the injuries to the mouth, jaws, and face including facial lacerations and broken teeth.