Facial Trauma

An oral and maxillofacial specialist is thoroughly qualified to repair facial injuries. These professionals are well versed in emergency care, acute treatment, and long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation – not just for physical reasons, but for emotional ones as well. Injuries to the face, by their very nature, impart a high degree of emotional as well as physical trauma to patients. The science and art of treating these injuries requires special training involving a “hands on” experience and an understanding of how the treatment provided will influence the patient’s long-term function and appearance.

Dr. Rosner meets and exceeds these modern standards. They are trained, skilled, and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. They are on staff at local hospitals and deliver emergency room coverage for facial injuries, which include the following conditions:

  • Facial lacerations
  • Intraoral lacerations
  • Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
  • Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
  • Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)

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The Nature of Maxillofacial Trauma

There are a number of possible causes of facial trauma, such as motor vehicle accidents, accidental falls, sports injuries, interpersonal violence, and work-related injuries. Types of facial injuries can range from injuries to teeth to extremely severe injuries to the skin and bones of the face. Typically, facial injuries are classified as either soft tissue injuries (skin and gums), bone injuries (fractures), or injuries to special regions (such as the eyes, facial nerves, or the salivary glands).

Soft Tissue Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region

When soft tissue injuries, such as lacerations, occur on the face they are repaired by suturing. In addition to the obvious concern of providing a repair that yields the best cosmetic result possible, care is taken to inspect for and treat injuries to structures such as facial nerves, salivary glands, and salivary ducts (or outflow channels). Dr. Rosner is a well-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon and is proficient at diagnosing and treating all types of facial lacerations.

Bone Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region

Fractures to the bones in the face are treated in a similar manner to fractures in other parts of the body. The specific form of treatment is determined by various factors, which include the location of the fracture, the severity of the fracture, and the age and general health of the patient. When an arm or leg is fractured a cast is often applied to stabilize the bone to allow for proper healing. Since a cast cannot be placed on the face, other means have been developed to stabilize facial fractures.

One of these options involves wiring the jaws together for certain fractures of the upper and/or lower jaw. Certain other types of fractures of the jaw are best treated and stabilized by the surgical placement of small plates and screws at the involved site. This technique of treatment can often allow for healing and eliminates the necessity of having the jaws wired together. This technique is called “rigid fixation” of a fracture. The relatively recent development and use of rigid fixation has profoundly improved the recovery period for many patients, allowing them to return to normal function more quickly.

The treatment of facial fractures should be accomplished in a thorough and predictable manner. More importantly, the patient’s facial appearance should be minimally affected. An attempt at accessing the facial bones through the fewest incisions necessary is always made. At the same time, the incisions that become necessary are designed to be small and, whenever possible, are placed so that the resultant scar is hidden.

Injuries to the Teeth & Surrounding Dental Structures

Isolated injuries to teeth are quite common and may require the expertise of various dental specialists. Oral surgeons usually are involved in treating fractures in the supporting bone, or in replanting teeth that have been displaced or knocked out. These types of injuries are treated by one of a number of forms of splinting (stabilizing by wiring or bonding teeth together). If a tooth is knocked out it should be placed in salt water or milk. The sooner the tooth is re-inserted into the dental socket the better chance it will survive. Therefore, the patient should see a dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible. Never attempt to wipe the tooth off, since remnants of the ligament that hold the tooth in the jaw are attached and are vital to the success of replanting the tooth. Other dental specialists may be called upon, such as endodontists, who may be asked to perform root canal therapy, and/or restorative dentists, who may need to repair or rebuild fractured teeth. In the event that injured teeth cannot be saved or repaired, dental implants are often now utilized as replacements for missing teeth.

The proper treatment of facial injuries is now the realm of specialists who are well versed in emergency care, acute treatment, long-term reconstruction, and rehabilitation of the patient.

Ted M. Rosner, DMD

5 out of 5 stars based on 12 Facial Trauma reviews

Patient Review by John matlack

Great oral Surgeon. I've been to him twice two weeks ago . an three yrs.ago I had 14 teeth removed at this office No Problems! This tells me expert know how in what his doing .I had been to other surgeons before. An there just not the same good work. Thank you Dr rosner!

- John matlack

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Patient Review by Shadi A

Dr. Rosner made me feel good about myself and comfortable throughout my surgery. He removed all my wisdom teeth and another tooth same day. I can't explain the best dental experience I ever had in my life time I recovered same day I left Dr. Rosner office. Absolutely no pain everything went successful. BEST DOCTOR IN THE NATION!!! I'm recommending all my family and friends to Dr. Rosner and his staff. Thank you kindly for your great Service & most of all you're honesty. I can't thank you enough.

- Shadi A

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Patient Review by La'Toya R

Dr. Rosner and his staff are Phenomenal! My 16 yr. old daughter had her wisdom teeth out and I am very glad we came here. Everyone is professional, kind, courteous, and understanding. I have told many people about her great experience. I can't say thank you enough!

- La'Toya R

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Patient Review by Patricia F

At our first meeting Dr. Rosner took the time to explain in detail the entire procedure and time line needed for completion. He is a caring doctor who is very thorough and takes pride in his excellent surgical work. He continuously monitors the well being of the patient during each procedure. On the day of surgery Dr. Rosner called me in the evening to make sure that I was doing well. Dr. Rosner and his staff really care about you as an individual and are very pleasant to each patient and make you feel comfortable. Dr. Rosner and his staff are very competent in the individual tasks they perform. I am very pleased with the outcome of my procedure.

- Patricia F

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Patient Review by Beth W

Everyone goes out of their way to make the patient comfortable, relaxed, tips from the dental techs particularly helpful, but everyone is friendly and makes me feel like I can survive anything my teeth require!

- Beth W

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Patient Review by Dawn C

I am very happy with Dr Rosner and his staff! From the beginning we decided on a plan I knew exactly what to expect! I am now delighted with the outcome!

- Dawn C

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Patient Review by Brianne O

Thank you!!

- Brianne O

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Patient Review by Mary W

Great place will definality come back if I need anymore work

- Mary W

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Patient Review by Bryan B

Everyone was nice and comforting even though I was a bit nervous about he procedure

- Bryan B

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Patient Review by Elinor F

I did appreciate the personal follow-up phone call from Dr. Rosner on the night after the procedure. I am also in health care field and I personally, do follow-up phone calls on our patients after their surgeries and procedure. Kudos to that! That is what you call excellent customer service and doing above and beyond for the patient.

- Elinor F

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Patient Review by Milt H

I would recommend Dr. Rosner and his staff to anyone. You cannot go wrong using Dr. Rosner for any of your oral surgery procedures or referring a friend to his practice.

- Milt H

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Patient Review by bill s

great experience

- bill s

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