Unfortunately, oral surgeons know all about facial trauma. In fact, oral surgery is the most common means of treating traumatic incidents that damage the underlying structures of the face.
Most incidents of facial trauma result from car accidents and athletic injuries, but there are other causes as well.
Facial Trauma Can Damage Teeth
Traumatic injury often involves the loosening
or complete dislocation of the teeth, as well as other kinds of complications, many of which are impossible to see because the damage lies beneath the skin. Fortunately, with prompt attention, these injuries can be successfully corrected with little or no lasting indication.
When the delicate bones of the nose, eyes or cheeks are broken, an oral surgeon is uniquely qualified to repair the damage. In these instances, surgery is usually the only option. Otherwise, we have no reliable means of stabilizing the bones and ensuring the correct course of healing.
We advise our patients to take proactive steps to prevent facial trauma. This includes outfitting children with the appropriate protective gear for playing sports, including custom-fitted mouthguards when appropriate.
Unfortunately, you can’t anticipate or prevent accidents. Kids play rough and accidents happen. In fact, we treat many adults with facial trauma resulting from everyday activities as well.
The important thing to remember is that the sooner you contact our office, the better the outcome is likely to be.
We are centrally and conveniently located in Kokomo, but we are available to assist patients from the surrounding communities of Howard and Tipton Counties as well. Contact us today for an emergency appointment if you or a loved one has suffered an accident involving facial trauma.
Today’s facial imaging techniques provide an exciting and effective way for us to improve your care and treatment outcomes.
As a diagnostic tool, computed tomography scans, also known as CT scans, provide us with a detailed, three-dimensional glimpse into the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, teeth and oral cavity. This view assists us in providing effective TMJ treatment as well as identifying structural issues that cannot be seen otherwise.
One of the most exciting advantages of our advanced imaging technology is the ability to see details of both hard and soft tissues, something previously not possible.
In the past, oral surgeons and dentists were limited to basic X-ray technology. Advanced facial imaging was available only at a hospital or diagnostic facility. Today, we use a small, hand-held device to create a virtual image of every nook and cranny of your mouth, jaw and oral cavities.
As a treatment tool, facial imaging allows our surgeons to virtually plan oral surgery and dental restorations in advance. Before the advent of facial imaging, doctors had no way to anticipate or plan for latent conditions.
With CT scans and other advanced imaging techniques, our treatment teams can work in concert with your orthodontist, doctor or dentist to share your scans and create a comprehensive and effective treatment plan.
Kokomo Implant and Oral Surgery is the premier local provider of oral care, serving Kokomo and the surrounding communities. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and your family maintain an optimal level of oral health, using advanced techniques in facial imaging.