Suffering facial injuries can be very traumatic. When patients suffer serious injuries to their faces, it often affects their oral health. Sometimes, these injuries could be dental emergencies that may cause serious defects to teeth as well as our facial appearances. Prosthodontists have received training to help restore the dentition and appearance of such patients to their better look. Here are some facial injuries that require treatment from a prosthodontist.
Accidents that affect the face often get some teeth knocked out. Also called avulsed teeth, they may happen from an auto accident, sports accidents, or injuries around the home or on the playground. When these teeth fall out from accidents, it becomes a dental emergency. Losing these teeth would affect how a patient carries out regular oral functions, and patients should receive treatment immediately. Such injuries would require an immediate deep cleaning, and the application of prostheses such as dental implants or dental bridges.
When injuries affect the jaw, they may cause a fracture in the jawbone. Since we cannot place the jaw in a cast, our professionals use a technique called rigid fixation to keep the jaw in place while it heals. We do this by using small plates and screws to stabilize the fracture. This way, the jaws recover faster.
This injury may affect a whole lot more than the teeth. Sometimes, these traumas damage the teeth instead of knocking them completely off. At this point, we proceed with a tooth extraction to remove the fragments of the damaged tooth. Patients with intraoral traumas may require a full mouth reconstruction to restore and correct their bite, alignment, and overall dental appearance. If you or someone you know has suffered a facial injury, do not hesitate to speak to us. Our professionals are ready to help you decide the best treatment method.