A facial injury can occur as a result of a vehicle incident, a mishap in the workplace, domestic violence, or during sports. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to repair facial injuries and are well-versed in emergency care. Many oral surgeons are on call at local emergency rooms to respond to cases that require urgent care.

Different Types of Facial Trauma

A facial trauma involves any type of injury that impacts your ability to speak, eat, or breathe. Treatment doesn’t have to be for life-threatening cases only and can be performed for aesthetic reasons, like to improve facial symmetry. Facial trauma includes:

  • Avulsed, or knocked-out, teeth
  • Facial or intraoral cuts or lacerations
  • Fractured or broken facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
  • Fractured jaw (upper or lower)

Treatment for Facial Trauma in El Dorado Hills, Placerville, and Irvine, CA

If you are experiencing an emergency, please go to the nearest emergency room and receive care from the oral surgeon on call.

Dr. Straw and Dr. Hsu will use digital scans to create 3D images of your facial structures. The duration of treatment will depend on the severity of your injuries and the number of appointments needed. Remember that the goal of this treatment is to ensure that all of the facial structures heal properly and return to their full functionality.

We will use sutures to treat soft tissue injuries and small plates or screws for bone injuries. This treatment is accomplished in a thorough and predictable manner, and we will make the fewest incisions possible to lessen the chance of scarring. Any necessary incisions will be small and strategically placed so that the possible scar is hidden.

If an adult tooth is knocked out, place it into whole milk and contact an oral surgeon. The sooner the tooth is reinserted, the better the chance it will survive. Do not wipe the tooth off and hold it by the crown, not the root. If saving the tooth is not possible, we are happy to discuss replacement options such as dental implants to restore your smile.

Types of Anesthesia

There are three main types of anesthesia that we use at our practice:

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