A traumatic injury to the face can be both physically and emotionally devastating, having effects on an individual’s appearance as well as their day-to-day lives. The board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons at our practice are specialty-trained in facial reconstruction and utilize some of the latest state-of-the-art techniques to restore oral and facial structures. Our doctors at Oral & Facial Surgeons of Arizona have the experience and extensive skills necessary to provide the best possible treatments designed to significantly improve both function and appearance.
- Traumatic Facial Injuries
- Common Facial Trauma Conditions
- Oral and Facial Reconstruction Treatment Options
- Our Experience with Oral and Facial Trauma Procedures
Traumatic Facial Injuries
Facial and oral trauma can result from a variety of causes. The most common cause of traumatic facial injuries is an automobile accident. Sports injuries, falls, domestic violence, and work-related accidents are also common factors. These types of injuries can require intricate surgery to repair oral and facial structures, address functional problems, and minimize the potential for long-term disfigurement. Our surgeons can perform advanced treatment for these conditions while offering the emotional support and comfort you need, taking you through the treatment process step-by-step and providing you with comprehensive, compassionate care.
Common Facial Trauma Conditions
Some of the most common facial and oral trauma conditions include:
- Teeth that have been knocked out
- Upper and lower jaw fractures
- Lacerations to the face and within the mouth
- Fractures to the nose, cheek, or eye socket
Oral and Facial Reconstruction Treatment Options
Our surgeons offer a wide selection of treatment options for patients who have suffered an oral or facial traumatic injury. Dr. Michael W. Golding and Dr. J. Gregory Sabol focus on providing precise, customized treatment for each of our patients in order to yield the best possible cosmetic and functional results.
Our oral and facial reconstruction treatment options include:
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective and reconstructive jaw surgery can be necessary for jaws that have been knocked out of proper alignment by an impact to the face. Trauma to the jaws can cause numerous functional problems, making it difficult to chew and swallow, open and close the mouth, or even speak. It can also create an unbalanced facial appearance and cause chronic headaches and TMJ pain. Our surgeons have many years of experience performing corrective jaw surgery that can help patients address a variety of concerns after traumatic injury to the jaws.
Soft Tissue, Bone, and Dental Repair
Injuries to the teeth and the soft tissues and bones of the face can often be successfully treated with oral and maxillofacial surgery. For lacerations, our surgeons utilize precise suturing techniques that take into account surrounding facial nerves and the ultimate aesthetic outcome. Advanced bone and dental repair techniques are also used to effectively treat fractures and other injuries that can affect both function and appearance.
Dental implants are a specialty of our practice and can serve as long-lasting, fully functioning replacement teeth. This treatment option involves the delicate placement of titanium posts in the area of missing teeth. The posts will be anchored to the jawbone, where they should ultimately fuse to the bone and essentially become artificial tooth roots. Custom dental crowns are then affixed to the dental implants to create results that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Our Experience with Oral and Facial Trauma Procedures
The reconstruction and repair of oral and facial structures due to traumatic injury is a special focus of our practice. Our doctors are both members of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and have been certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In fact, Dr. Michael Golding surgically manages facial and reconstructive surgery programs in Level 1 trauma centers for Chandler Regional Hospital and the Banner Healthcare System. He is also the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for the Phoenix Suns. Dr. J. Gregory Sabol is on-call for Level 1 trauma procedures at both the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Banner University, and is often charged with performing extraordinarily complex facial surgeries for some of the most severe injuries seen in the region. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons are extensively trained and experienced with these procedures. They fully understand the importance of providing you with the absolute latest treatment techniques combined with the skills of talented surgeons. Our team can help you meet your needs with results that can truly improve your livelihood.
For more information on treatments available to address facial trauma, or to schedule a consultation with one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons, please contact us today.