Facial Trauma Orlando – Dr. Ronald Trevisani
Orlando Facial Trauma Treatment – Dr. Ronald Trevisani
Injury or trauma to the face can not only be physically agonizing but emotionally distressing, too. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the go-to experts in these cases; their skills are critical to developing a treatment solution that considers both long-term function and appearance. Trusted Orlando oral surgeon Ronald Trevisani is trained and qualified to treat a variety of facial trauma cases, including the following:
A knocked-out tooth usually has a chance at being replanted, based on the condition of the tooth and how quickly it is re-inserted into the dental socket. If a knocked-out tooth cannot be repaired, Dr. Trevisani can place a dental implant to restore normal dental appearance and function.
Facial and Intraoral Lacerations
Facial lacerations are usually repaired by suturing, dermal adhesives or staples. Dr. Trevisani is careful to consider structures like the facial nerves and salivary glands and ducts when suturing a laceration. Time is of the essence with facial laceration treatment — wounds should be repaired as quickly as possible to avoid infection and deliver the best cosmetic result.
Some of the most common types of facial injuries are bone fractures in the lower jaw, upper jaw, cheeks, nose or eye sockets. The most serious types of these injuries may impede eyesight or the ability to eat, speak and breathe.
Treating a facial bone fracture is similar to treating a fracture of the leg or arm bone. The parts of the bone should be lined up and held in position long enough to heal (could be six or more weeks, depending on the case). However, an arm or leg fracture involves wearing a cast to stabilize the bones, whereas a facial fracture — like a jawbone fracture — usually involves wearing metal braces, wires and/or bands that hold the jaws together until the fracture has healed. Or, if the patient has few or no teeth, special dentures or splints may be constructed to align and secure the fracture.
Certain jaw fractures can also be treated through a technique called “rigid fixation,” which involves the placement of small plates or screws. Rigid fixation eliminates the need to wire the jaw shut, generally improving the recovery process and often allowing patients to return to normal dental function more quickly.
It’s not uncommon for patients who suffer from facial trauma to have other medical problems. In these cases, Dr. Trevisani will coordinate treatment with all physicians on the patient’s medical team.
Preventing Facial Trauma
Many cases of facial trauma are unfortunately unavoidable. However, there are things you can to do minimize your risk. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons offers the following suggestions:
• Wear your seatbelt while riding in an automobile
• Wear a helmet while riding a bike/motorcycle/scooter/skateboard
• Wear a protective mouthguard while playing sports (especially important in children)
• When selecting a mouthguard, consider it from the standpoint of retention, comfort, ability to speak and breathe, tear resistance and protection provided to the teeth, gums and lips
Contact Dr. Trevisani
If you or a loved one has suffered facial trauma and needs to consult with an oral surgeon in Orlando, please contact Dr. Ronald Trevisani.