Facial Trauma FAQs
What causes facial trauma?
Facial trauma involves an injury to the face, including the upper jaw bone and teeth. Oral trauma most commonly includes broken, loosened or ‘knocked out’ teeth as well as cuts to the lips and/or tongue. Facial trauma is more complicated and usually involves the upper or lower jawbones, as well as bones of the nose, cheeks and around the eyes. Cuts, or lacerations, of the face, are also considered facial trauma. You may experience facial trauma following an automobile or motorcycle accident, a sports injury, violence, or a fall.
Facial trauma may mean a tooth has been loosened, knocked out, or suffered a fracture. You may also experience bleeding from the mouth or severe pain in the jaw. If you’ve just experienced trauma and can’t control the bleeding or are knocked unconscious, head to your local emergency room immediately.
The oral surgeons at WisNova treat a wide variety of oral and facial traumatic injuries. The surgeons are also on staff at the Aurora hospitals within the area. The endodontists then support long-term dental reconstruction and care.
What if I experience serious trauma to my face?
If your condition is stable, but you fear or know you’ve experienced broken teeth, deep cuts, or a fractured jaw, the oral surgeons at WisNova are ready to help. The surgeons repair or set your injury to get you on the road to immediate healing.
The endodontists at WisNova then play an integral role in your healing once the immediate surgery and recovery is complete. This team effort gives you the best chance of recovery and return to normal tooth function and look.
What should I do if I knocked out a tooth?
Call WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists immediately because the sooner the specialists can see you, the better chance that a tooth can be saved.
On your way to the office, gently rinse any loose debris from the tooth but do not touch the “root” of the tooth, if at all possible. You may hold the tooth in your mouth between your teeth and cheeks or, better yet, insert it into the socket itself. Alternatively, place it in a glass of milk.
When you arrive at the office, you’ll be seen right away so a rapid assessment can be made.
What if I cracked or chipped a tooth?
Broken, chipped or cracked teeth aren’t always an emergency, but you should have them examined as soon as possible. If you have a relationship with a general dentist, that is the best place to start. Often times they can be an invaluable resource to help save teeth.
However, if the trauma is more significant, your dentist might refer you to a specialist for more advanced care. The experts at WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists are prepared to manage almost all types of oral and facial trauma. Call the office or request appointment online.