04 Aug Facial Trauma: Soft Tissue Injuries
Facial trauma is always a delicate situation that must be addressed with compassion, precision, and specialized treatment. Repairing damage done to soft tissues from trauma often involves oral surgery. When treating facial trauma, an oral surgeon utilizes expertise and a thorough understanding of oral anatomy to provide therapeutic care. During treatment for any type of trauma, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon’s (OMS) objective is to minimize damage done to nerves and blood vessels, promote healing, increase oral function, and diminish visible disfigurement.
Where Soft Tissue Injuries Occur
Soft tissue injuries can occur inside the mouth or along the face. For instance, the gums or linings of cheeks and lips can incur deep scrapes and cuts. The skin and underlying soft tissue on the face can also classify as a soft tissue injury when it is wounded by trauma.
The Delicate Nature of Facial Trauma
Not only is trauma to the oral and maxillofacial region painful, it can severely affect a person’s emotional wellbeing. The cause of trauma – whether it’s a car accident or the result of a sports injury – can inflict deep emotional wounds on a person. When our team treats trauma, our goal is bigger than just healing visible wounds. We strive to help begin the process of healing emotional wounds by treating all our guests with gentleness and dignity.
How an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Can Help
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of nine dental specialties. In addition to having a DDS, an oral surgeon will complete rigorous training and advanced education to practice as a specialist. This training means that an OMS is capable of treating an array of conditions that affect the oral cavity with expertise and precision. One area of advanced education and training that an OMS completes is treating facial trauma – both hard and soft tissue injuries. This means that patients who have endured trauma will receive highly specialized oral surgery from a doctor who has an intimate understanding of the complexities of oral anatomy and the knowledge needed to provide effective treatment.
For questions, call our team at Great River Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to reserve a consultation with one of our caring and skilled surgeons.