Oral & Facial Trauma Surgery Overview
Overview of the Procedure
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.
Reasons for the Procedure
Patients may have broken bones, torn skin, and other issues as a result of injury. The patient’s teeth may not fit together and breathing ability may be damaged and require surgery. Oral and Facial Trauma surgery is also used to improve appearance after injury.
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.