Facial trauma is a major health and social issue in the United States. Each year people of all ages sustain facial injuries from automobile accidents, boating accidents, bike accidents and recreational vehicles. Athletic activities and altercations also rank very high in causes of facial trauma. Many of these traumas include maxillofacial fractures of the upper and lower jaw, cheekbones, nose, and bone surrounding the eyes or a combination of these injuries.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are specially trained to deal with the injuries to the mouth, jaws and face. The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon is also skilled in facial lacerations and broken teeth.
Not all facial injuries are extensive, but they are complex. Even in the case of a cut lip or eyebrow, the expertise of the Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon is indispensable. If sutures are required, they must be precise to bring the desired cosmetic result.