Facial Trauma

Why Choose Collins Oral & Facial Surgery To Treat Facial Trauma?

An oral and maxillofacial specialist is thoroughly qualified to repair facial injuries. These professionals are well versed in emergency care, acute treatment, and long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation – not just for physical reasons, but for emotional ones as well. Injuries to the face, by their very nature, impart a high degree of emotional as well as physical trauma to patients. The science and art of treating these injuries requires special training involving a “hands-on” experience and an understanding of how the treatment provided will influence the patient’s long-term function and appearance.

Dr. Collins meets and exceeds these modern standards. He is trained, skilled, and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma including the following conditions:

What Is The Nature of Maxillofacial Trauma?

There are a number of possible causes of facial trauma, such as motor vehicle accidents, accidental falls, sports injuries, interpersonal violence, and work-related injuries. Types of facial injuries can range from injuries to teeth to extremely severe injuries to 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).

How Do You Treat Facial Trauma?

Bone Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region

Fractures to the bones in the face are treated in a similar manner to 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 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.

One of these options involves wiring the jaws together for certain fractures of the upper and/or lower jaw. Certain other types of fractures of the jaw are best treated and stabilized by the surgical placement of small plates and screws at the involved site. This technique of treatment can often allow for healing and eliminates the necessity of having the jaws wired together. This technique is called the “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.

The treatment of facial fractures should be accomplished in a thorough and predictable manner. More importantly, the patient’s facial appearance should be minimally affected. An attempt at accessing the facial bones through the fewest incisions necessary is always made. At the same time, the incisions that become necessary are designed to be small and, whenever possible, are placed so that the resultant scar is hidden.

Injuries to the Teeth & Surrounding Dental Structures

Isolated injuries to teeth are quite common and may require the expertise of various dental specialists. Oral surgeons usually are involved in treating fractures in the supporting bone, or in replanting teeth that have been displaced or knocked out. These types of injuries are treated by one of a number of forms of splinting (stabilizing by wiring or bonding teeth together). If a tooth is knocked out it should be placed in saltwater or milk. The sooner the tooth is re-inserted into the dental socket the better chance it will survive. Therefore, the patient should see a dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible. Never attempt to wipe the tooth off, since remnants of the ligament that hold the tooth in the jaw are attached and are vital to the success of replanting the tooth. Other dental specialists may be called upon, such as endodontists, who may be asked to perform root canal therapy, and/or restorative dentists, who may need to repair or rebuild fractured teeth. In the event that injured teeth cannot be saved or repaired, dental implants are often now utilized as replacements for missing teeth.

The proper treatment of facial injuries is now the realm of specialists who are well versed in emergency care, acute treatment, long-term reconstruction, and rehabilitation of the patient.

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Patient Review

I have had multiple implants placed by Dr. Collins over the last couple of years. Each and every time, the level of care given by Dr. Collins and his staff is extremely professional. Additionally, they show a level of genuine, personal interest in a patient's care and well-being from the time of arrival for a consult to the time of surgery. They truly care about their patients on all levels. Dr. Collins has been in practice for many years and his level of expertise is definitely evident in the care and final result a patient receives. I would highly recommend Collins Oral and Facial Surgery.

- Barron "Dan" G

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bone graft 4/28/22 area sore and swollen. Followed instructions. This morning 4/29 pain reduction 75% and some facial swelling. Taking only Ibuprofen for pain.

- John P

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Never in my life have I been in so much pain from an injury. I never imagined getting so much relief in so little time. All service was so fast and efficient. I am so thankful, so grateful to Doctor Collins and his entire staff. I cannot thank you enough.

- Kenny T

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Collins Oral and Facial Surgery is an outstanding office. The entire staff is professional, courteous, and extremely competent. I highly recommend them to anyone. The procedure was quick and painless. And, there was no pain during recovery. If you need oral or facial surgery, this is the office to use!

- Sherry S

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I love coming here! It’s always very easy and comfortable and the staff is so nice and amazing!

- Maggie F

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Great staff and great experience

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