Facial trauma injuries are typically encountered in the area of emergency medicine. More than half of the patients with facial trauma injuries experience multi-system trauma that requires coordinated management between emergency physicians and a surgeon specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as cosmetic surgery.
The dependable and astute Dr. Landon McLain is both an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon, which puts him in an ideal position to treat facial trauma injuries. Dr. McLain is involved with all aspects of trauma treatment, ranging from care of the initial injury through facial reconstruction, including jaw surgery and dental implants.
Dr. McLain offers a complete range of care for facial and oral injuries, from dentoalveolar (tooth and socket) fractures to extensive facial lacerations and fractures. He provides these procedures to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and other suburbs and communities in The Cotton State.
Soft Tissue Facial Injuries
Intra oral lacerations as well as lacerations to the face are termed as soft tissue facial injuries. The surgeon will repair them by suturing or stitching. An experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon will carefully assess and treat injuries to the facial nerves and salivary glands and ducts. They will not only address the soft tissue on the face, but also the damaged underlying structures.
Bone Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region
It is important to stabilize any fractures of the facial bones, such as jaw, cheek, nose, and eye socket. It may not be possible to apply a cast to the face, and other methods of stabilization will be used. One option is the right fixation approach, whereby surgical placement of small screws and plates will help to stabilize the jaws. This will allow for the bone to heal and is not as restrictive as when the jaws are wired together. Wiring of the jaws is another treatment option, even if more restrictive.
Based on the location of the fracture, the extent of injury, the general health and age of the patient, the surgeon will determine the best treatment approach. An experienced surgeon will create small incisions in discreet locations so that the resulting scar is minimized.
Injuries to the Teeth
Injuries to the teeth and surrounding oral structures may require the expertise of an oral surgeon. Advanced treatment from a surgeon is particularly important when the injuries include fractures in the supporting bone, or when the teeth have been knocked out or displaced and an implantation is necessary. Fractured teeth can also be rebuilt or repaired by a specialist.
Replacing a Tooth
If a tooth is knocked out, and the patient can preserve it in milk or salt water, there is a possibility to re-insert it into the socket if time is not lost. In other cases, dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth.
The reliable and adroit Dr. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and other towns and suburbs in this part of the American southeast for the treatment of facial trauma injuries. He can help restore the facial and oral function as well as aesthetics using a combination of oral and maxillofacial surgery and cosmetic surgery approaches.
McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.
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