Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. When a patient sustains an injury to the face, they experience a high degree of emotional and physical trauma. Dr. Michael Shnayder meets and exceeds modern standards for treating facial trauma in Omaha, Nebraska, like:
- Facial lacerations
- Intraoral lacerations
- Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
Soft Tissue Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region
When the face sustains soft tissue injuries like lacerations, our oral surgeon will repair them by suturing. Dr. Michael Shnayder will take great care to provide the best cosmetic result possible and will check for and treat any injuries to the facial nerves, salivary glands, and salivary ducts.
Bone Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region
A cast cannot be placed on the face, so other treatments have been developed to stabilize facial fractures. Our oral surgeon may wire the jaws together for some fractures of the upper and/or lower jaw. A broken jaw can also be stabilized by the surgical procedure called “rigid fixation,” during which plates and screws are placed. Rigid fixation has improved the healing period for many patients, allowing them to return to their regular activities more quickly.
Injuries to the Teeth & Surrounding Dental Structures
Oral surgeons are usually involved in replanting teeth that have been knocked out or displaced and in treating fractures in the supporting bone. When treating these types of injuries, our oral surgeon will use splinting treatments, in which the tooth is stabilized by wiring or by bonding teeth together. In the case of a knocked out tooth, place it in salt water or milk and contact us as soon as possible. Do not wipe the tooth off because the remaining ligament on the tooth is vital for replanting the tooth. If the tooth cannot be saved, our oral surgeon can place dental implants.
Feel free to contact Village Pointe Oral Surgery today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.