Cranio-Maxillofacial Trauma

Cranio-maxillofacial trauma encompasses any injury to the soft tissues of the face, neck, and scalp, as well as to the hard tissues of the facial skeleton including the teeth, facial bones, or the cranium.  They also range in severity depending on the cause of the injury and can often involve injuries to other parts of the body.  Facial trauma can be caused by any number of things including motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, interpersonal violence, falls, work-related accidents, or many other causes.  Since the face is perhaps the most prominent feature of our physical identity, having a qualified provider treat your facial injury is imperative.  Surgeons at our office are uniquely trained  and capable to manage all facets of these injuries by receiving extensive experience throughout their careers in both the dental and medical aspects of soft and hard tissue trauma of the face.

Soft tissue injuries can be some of the most devastating injuries and can affect any structure on the face and can be some of the most complex wounds to manage.  These can involve the soft tissues of the oral cavity which with our dental background, we have unique understanding of the interrelationship of the oral hard and soft tissues and therefore can repair the soft tissues that will allow for optimal aesthetics and function.  Soft tissue injury to the external structures of the face and neck are of obvious concern and our surgeons are capable of providing the best possible cosmetic and functional result.  The surgeons in our practice are also capable of dealing with injuries that involve specialized structures such as the facial nerve, the sensory nerves of the face and mouth, and the ducts that drain tears and saliva.

Injuries to the hard tissues of the face range in severity and location depending on the mechanism of the injury.  The surgeons in our practice are well versed in management of injuries to all bones of the facial skeleton and cranium along this spectrum of severity.  Our approach is unique considering our dental and surgical background with restoring facial form and dental function.  The fractures are approached through the most minimally invasive and cosmetic approaches possible.  In the past, the most common ways to treat fractures of the facial bones involved prolonged wiring of the teeth and utilization of wires to stabilize fractured bone fragments.  With time and development of better technology, the bones are able to be rigidly fixated with plates and screws and allowed to heal in a stable position thus alleviating the need for wiring of the jaws.  This accomplishes the ultimate goal of restoration of facial form and return to early chewing function.

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