Oral and Facial Trauma surgery involves procedures that repair injuries to the face and/or mouth. The extent and types of surgery depend on the degree and types of injury. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. 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. Hunt & Dr. Smalley meet and exceed these modern standards. They are trained, skilled, and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. They are on staff at Redmond Regional Medical Center and deliver emergency room coverage for facial injuries, which include the following conditions:
- Facial lacerations
- Intra oral lacerations
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose or eye socket)
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
What to Expect
- Oral and Facial Trauma surgery is different for everyone, depending on the injury. Bone grafts may be necessary to reshape the face and/or jaws. Fractures can be repaired with screws and metal plates. Missing skin can be replaced with skin grafts taken from elsewhere on the body. Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants.
- Length of recovery depends on the extent of the surgery. Swelling and bruising can be minimized with ice packs. Pain can be managed with medication.