Otoplasty Surgery at McLain Surgical ArtsRefining the Look of Your Ears

If you don’t like the look of your ears, if you think they stick out too much, or if you want to refine your overall look, you may want to consider otoplasty. If your child has protruding ears, otoplasty is a relatively simple procedure to correct that before entering school.

Otoplasty refers to surgical and non-surgical procedures for correcting deformities and defects of the pinna, or outer ear. The procedure may be used for reconstructing a defective, deformed, or absent outer ear.

The objective is to make the ears more proportionate to the face. It is particularly difficult for young children who have prominent ears. Ears that stick out can make life miserable from the constant teasing by other children. In most cases, repositioning the ears back alongside the head will solve the problem.

The sooner in life the problem is corrected, the better. Ear surgery, or otoplasty can be performed on children as young as four or five years old, and of course, at any time for adults.

Good candidates for ear surgery include:

Children who are:

  • Healthy, without life-threatening illnesses or untreated chronic ear infections.
  • 5 years or older, or whose ear cartilage is stable enough.
  • Cooperative and follow instructions well.

Teenagers and Adults who are:

  • Healthy and do not have a life-threatening illness or other issues that may cause a problem with healing.
  • Positive about the outcome of ear surgery, and who have realistic expectations.
  • Non-smokers

Whether you are considering otoplasty for yourself, or your child, Dr. McLain will discuss with you all of your options and will help you manage your expectations. He and his staff will be able to answer any questions you may have at your consultation.

Dr. McLain will also tell you what you may expect before and during the process, and he will instruct you on aftercare, as well.

Contact McLain Surgical Arts in Huntsville, AL to Schedule a Consultation

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.

Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.

Improving Your Looks With Facial Implant Surgery | Huntsville Cosmetic SurgeryIf you are looking to improve the overall look and symmetry of your face, you may want to consider facial implants.

Facial implants are specially formed solid materials compatible with human tissues. They are designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face.

If you are bothered by a small chin, week jaw, or lack of facial contour, cosmetic surgery with facial implants may be your answer.

A good candidate for facial implant surgery is someone in good health who has reasonable expectations. Before the surgery, you will have a consultation with Dr. McLain. He will discuss your medical history and talk about your expectations and what is best for you.

Cheek Augmentation

The goal of cheek augmentation is to add volume and lift to the cheeks. As we age, it is common to lose volume in our face, and the skin begins to sag. You may also consider this procedure if you have cheeks that are considered flat or thin.

Your cheek augmentation will result in fuller and possibly softer-appearing cheeks. In many cases, the cheeks also appear lifted.

Chin Augmentation

The goal of chin augmentation is to enhance the contours of the chin, jawline and neck, thereby improving the overall facial appearance.

Chin implants are the most common type of chin augmentation. The placement of synthetic implants around the existing chin bone alters the underlying shape of the face, which enhances the balance of other facial features.

If you have a receding chin, this procedure will give your face a more contoured look. Chin implants can be placed either through small incisions made inside the mouth or under the chin. Dr. McLain will discuss with you what is best for your procedure.

Restoring facial harmony, or creating it where it is needed is the goal of cheek and chin implant surgery. Dr. McLain will advise you on what is best for the goals you are hoping to achieve.

Contact McLain Surgical Arts in Huntsville, AL to Schedule a Consultation

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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Rhinoplasty: Improving the Look of Your Nose | Huntsville Cosmetic SurgeryRhinoplasty: Improving the Look of Your Nose

Rhinoplasty is surgery that changes the shape of the nose. The procedure may be used to change the shape of the nose, or to improve breathing, or both.

There is no such thing as a perfect nose, however, rhinoplasty can enhance facial features and emphasize your unique beauty.

The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis, which means there is no overnight stay. You may receive general, or local anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you will sleep through the operation. With local anesthesia, you will be sedated, and your nose will be numbed so you are relaxed and unable to feel the pain.

During the operation, the surgeon makes cuts within the nostrils. In some cases, cuts are also made along the base of the nose. The surgeon then reshapes the bone and cartilage to produce a more pleasing appearance for your face.

After the surgery, you may wear a nose splint for at least the first week. You can expect swelling and some bruising around the eyes that should begin to improve after the third day. This will differ from patient to patient, and may last up to a few weeks.

You can expect your nose to have some swelling, which will continue to reduce during the following six months, or so. The final appearance and result of your rhinoplasty will be evident when all swelling is gone.

You will have to avoid all strenuous activity for three to six weeks following the surgery. You should be able to return to social activity after two to three weeks without any visible signs that you have had the surgery.

Before deciding on rhinoplasty surgery, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss your goals and how you would like for your nose to look. The surgeon will evaluate your nose and other facial features and will be able to tell you whether or not your expectations are realistic.

Contact McLain Surgical Arts in Huntsville, AL to Schedule a Consultation

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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How to Choose The Best Ear Surgery Cosmetic Surgeon | HunstvilleIt is vital for patients to work with an experienced and skilled surgeon for their ear reshaping cosmetic surgery (otoplasty). 

This is a relatively safe procedure. However, it does involve certain risks, similar to any surgical procedure. For this reason, the patient should identify a surgeon with a proven record of safe and successful outcomes. 

Dr. Landon D. McLain provides otoplasty to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

Otoplasty results will last for many years to come, likely for the patient’s entire lifetime. Therefore, they should devote time to choosing a surgeon who will offer them their desired appearance. 

It may seem like a challenging task to identify the right surgeon with numerous doctors offering plastic surgery. However, certain things can make it easier for a patient to make the correct decision. 

The patient should consider an experienced plastic surgeon with a proven record of creating excellent ear reshaping results. Many surgeons may have expertise in a specific procedure, but no hands-on experience in facial surgeries. For a patient seeking otoplasty, such surgeons are likely not an appropriate choice. 

Patients should choose a surgeon who is trained in the management of surgical complications. There is a low possibility of the development of such complications. But identifying a surgeon with specialized training in this field will lower the risk even further.

The patient, on the other hand, should assess whether the surgeon in question has a good record. Prospective patients are entitled to receive all pertinent details from each state medical board.

Experience

The patient should ideally work with a surgeon with specialized training in plastic surgery. But it is also important to understand whether the surgeon has sufficient practical experience in the area. 

If the patient is interested in a specific type of ear reshaping technique or seeks further facial procedures, they should choose a surgeon with experience in these particular procedures. 

Bedside Manner

Patients are more likely to be satisfied with the final results of their otoplasty surgery if they work with a friendly surgeon who makes them feel at ease. 

Therefore, the patient should work with a doctor who is willing to spend time with them, respond to their questions in detail, and create an individualized surgical plan. Simultaneously, they should try to avoid a surgeon who creates pressure on them to undergo more treatment than they actually require or want. 

Desirable Qualities of an Ear Surgeon

  • Easy to talk to, warm, compassionate
  • Inclined to offer the patient in-depth information on the procedure
  • Passionate about the idea of making a difference in the patient’s life through plastic surgery
  • Offers individualized care and attention to each patient
  • Ability to understand the cosmetic needs, desires, hopes, and aspirations of the patient
  • Possesses in-depth knowledge of the facial structure
  • Has a sense of form, balance, and proportion 
  • Uses advanced techniques to ensure that the otoplasty surgery is minimally invasive and leads to as little scarring as possible

Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for otoplasty.

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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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) | Huntsville | Scottsboro | Decatur | MadisonIf one or both ears are malformed, it can lead to frustration and low self-confidence in adults and children alike. Many times, defects in the ear shape or protuberant ears may be present since birth.

However, ear injury can also cause a deformed shape. Otoplasty is an effective and proven cosmetic surgery procedure to restore an appealing, natural looking shape and size of the ears.

Otoplasty or ear reshaping surgery or ear pinning surgery is meant to correct large, asymmetrical or awkward looking ears. A skilled and experienced surgeon will use cutting-edge surgical techniques to ensure that this procedure is more precise and less invasive.

Dr. Landon D. McLain provides otoplasty cosmetic surgery procedure to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.

 

Appropriate Candidates

A person who is unhappy about the appearance of their oddly shaped or prominent ears may be a suitable ear reshaping surgery candidate.

Before considering a patient for otoplasty, the surgeon will evaluate the patient’s overall health condition, facial anatomy, and their personal cosmetic goals and desires.

The patient may require ear reconstruction in combination with reshaping if they have suffered an ear injury.

Children whose ears are fully developed can also make ideal candidates for otoplasty as long as they are old enough to choose the procedure with a fundamental understanding of why they want to undergo it. This surgery is appropriate for kids who feel shy or unhappy in their peer group due to their oddly shaped ears.

 

Procedure

The ear is made up mainly of cartilage, which can be sculpted by the cosmetic surgeon to develop the desired size or shape.

The objective is to develop a shape that is harmonious with the other characteristics of the face and is proportional to the head shape. It is also crucial to make sure that both ears resemble each other in a mirrored manner.

The patient should have reasonable expectations from the procedure. The surgeon will inform them that the ears cannot be identical to each other. It may appear unnatural, while the procedure aims to create natural looking ears.

In many cases, a skilled surgeon will only change one ear to accomplish a balanced appearance and make the procedure less invasive. But some patients may need correction in both ears.

After making the necessary changes, the surgeon will place stitches. These will be taken out in around one week after the ear surgery. The incisions will be made behind the ears to ensure that any future scarring remains discreet.

 

Recovery

After otoplasty, an average patient will be able to return to their normal routine or resume work in around one week. However, they will need to avoid aggressive physical activities for nearly two weeks to allow the healing to be completed.

Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for otoplasty cosmetic surgery.


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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Reconstructive Surgery For Facial Injuries | Hunstville | ScottsboroIf an accident or injury causes trauma to the face, cosmetic surgery can help restore facial appearance and function. The surgical techniques and approaches will differ depending on the severity and location of the injury.

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon can use their specialized skills to perform various procedures, from simple wound closure to skin grafts, flaps, and bony fracture repair.

These surgeons devote a significant part of their professional lives assisting people to overcome traumatic facial injuries. Their goal is to restore the function and appearance of the face to its pre-injury state.

McLain Surgical Arts, led by Dr. Landon D. McLain, provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities.

 

What are Common Types of Facial Trauma?

Trauma to the face may occur in various ways and can damage the soft tissue, underlying bone, or facial and jaw nerves. Due to the delicate nature of facial injuries and their ability to cause a high level of emotional and physical distress, early assessment and immediate treatment of facial trauma are vital to attaining the best possible results.

Facial trauma reconstruction can generally be used to address:

Facial Lacerations

Soft tissue injuries characterized by cuts, tears, or breaks in the skin, subcutaneous tissue, or underlying muscle. Facial lacerations commonly occur due to extreme pressure or blunt force impact.

Fractures Facial Bones

Facial fractures can develop within the nose structure, orbital (eye) sockets, or cheekbones. Nasal fractures are the most commonly occurring type of facial fracture due to the thin and fragile bones and cartilage in the nose.

Factors determining the suitable treatment for fractured bones include the patient’s health, age, and location and severity of the fracture.

Fractured Upper and/or Lower Jaw

Fractures in the upper and lower jaw may warrant surgery in order to properly realign the jaw as well as restore normal biting and chewing function.

Injuries of the Facial Nerves

Injuries that lead to facial weakness or paralysis should be promptly examined. There are many innovative techniques available to restore normal facial movement.

The patient will typically require a CT scan to evaluate the extent of the injury properly and determine the necessary steps for function restoration and attaining an optimal cosmetic outcome.

 

How is Facial Trauma Treated?

Soft Tissue Injuries

Depending on the severity of the injury, facial lacerations can usually be addressed with suturing and stitches. Along with treating the apparent breaks in the skin, the underlying facial structures, such as the ducts, salivary glands, and facial nerves, must be treated with utmost care.

People who have concerns about facial scarring can consult our reconstructive surgeons to undergo revision surgery. This can significantly reduce the appearance of unattractive scars.

Bone Injuries

Similar to bone injuries in the extremities, facial fractures also require stabilization to encourage proper healing.

Rigid fixation is a technique for stabilization where tiny plates and screws are surgically placed to prevent movement within the facial structure.

Some jaw fractures may need the upper and lower jaws to be temporarily wired shut to heal the fracture or reposition dislodged boned.

 

Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery.
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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TMJ And Facial Pain | Huntsville | Scottsboro | Decatur | MadisonThe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) refers to a small joint which is located in the front of the ear where the skull meets the lower jaw. It provides the lower jaw with the ability to move and function.

The occurrence of TMJ disorders is not uncommon. People with such disorders may experience various symptoms, including headaches, earaches, and challenges in opening their mouth.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides treatments to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities.  

 

Diagnosis

The patient should consult an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) when symptoms of TMJ related problems surface. An OMS specializes in areas of the teeth, mouth, and jaws allowing them to diagnose the issue accurately.

The diagnosis of TMJ disorders can be challenging and may warrant various diagnostic procedures. The OMS may order special imaging tests of the joint as well as refer the patient to other dental or medical specialist or a physical therapist.

Sometimes TMJ arthroscopy is used to diagnose a TMJ condition. In this procedure, the doctor inserts a narrow tube (cannula) into the joint space. After that they insert a tiny camera, known as an arthroscope, to view the area and diagnose the condition.

 

Treatment

The treatment of TMJ disorders may range from conservative medical and dental care to complex surgery. The treatment may include short-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief and muscle relaxation, splint or bite plate therapy, or stress management consulting.

If nonsurgical treatment is ineffective, or there is extensive joint damage, the patient may have to undergo surgery. The surgical procedure may be arthroscopic or involve a direct surgical approach to repair damaged tissue.

After the correct diagnosis of the TMJ disorder, the OMS can recommend the most suitable treatment to address the problem.

 

Surgical or Other Procedures

In case other methods are ineffective the doctor may recommend the following procedures:

Arthrocentesis

This minimally invasive procedure involves inserting tiny needles within the joint to irrigate fluid through the joint in order to flush out debris and inflammatory byproducts.

Injections

Injecting corticosteroid into the joint may be helpful for some patients. At times, botulinum toxin type A (Botox, others) injections in the jaw muscles may offer relief from pain associated with TMJ disorders.

TMJ Arthroscopy

Sometimes arthroscopic surgery can be as effective in treating different types of TMJ disorders as conventional open-joint surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon inserts a narrow tube (cannula) within the joint space.

After this, they insert an arthroscope and tiny surgical instruments for the procedure. In comparison to open-joint surgery, TMJ arthroscopy has fewer risks and complications. However, it also involves certain limitations.

Modified Condylotomy

Modified condylotomy treats TMJ disorders indirectly. This procedure involves surgery on the mandible rather than the joint itself. This may be a suitable treatment option for patients experiencing pain and locking.

Open-Joint Surgery

If more conservative approaches are unable to relieve the jaw pain and it appears to occur due to a structural issue within the joint, the doctor or dentist may recommend arthrotomy (open-joint surgery) to restore or replace the joint.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas.


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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Facial Trauma: Fractured Facial Bones | Huntsville | ScottsboroA broken bone in the face is known as a facial fracture. The face comprises a complex bone structure consisting of forehead bone (frontal), cheekbones (zygomas), eye sockets (orbital bones), upper jaw (maxillary bones), lower jaw (mandible), and nasal bones.

Various other bones are found within the deep facial structure, and muscles that enable chewing, talking, and swallowing are linked to these bones.

Broken nose (nasal fractures) are the most commonly occurring facial fractures. Other facial bones may also undergo fractures. There may be a single fracture or multiple broken bones. High impact accidents such as car crashes can cause multiple fractures. Fractures may occur on one side of the face (unilateral) or both sides of the face (bilateral).

Some facial fractures are comparatively minor while others may lead to permanent damage, and even be a threat to life itself.

Therefore, seeking an accurate diagnosis and treatment before the occurrence of serious complications is crucial. Cordial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides treatments for facial trauma to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations across the horizon.

 

Facial Fracture Treatment

To ease the inflammation, a physician may prescribe medications for pain management and oral steroids. If the risk of infection is high, the physician may prescribe antibiotics.

The treatment for fractures generally involves resetting the broken bone(s) without surgery (closed reduction) or surgery that requires the placement of an incision to reposition fractured bones (open reduction). Complex multiple fractures require reconstructive surgery.

The treatment for facial fractures depends on the extent and location of the injury and aims to restore normal appearance and function to the damaged areas.

 

Type of Facial Fractures

Some of the common types of facial fractures are as follows:

Broken Nose (Nasal Bones)

The most common type of facial fracture is the broken nose which causes the nose to appear deformed and feels painful to the touch following the fracture.

 

Forehead (Frontal Bone) Fractures

The frontal bone is the primary bone in the forehead region. High-impact injuries to the head can lead to a fracture in the floor of the sinuses and frontal bone.

 

Broken Cheekbone/Upper Jaw

The cheekbones (zygomas) are connected at many areas of the maxilla (upper jaw) and skull bones. Cheekbone fractures may also involve breaks in the surrounding facial bones.

 

Le Fort (Mid-Face) Fractures

These fractures occur due to blunt force trauma and cause fractures along the lines of weakness in the mid-face region.

 

Lower Jaw (Mandible)

The mandible controls lower teeth placement and moves when a person speaks or chews. Lower jaw fractures impact the sections of the lower jaw that supports teeth (known as the body).

 

Orbital Rim Fracture

The thickest part of the eye socket is known as the outer rim. This bone requires substantial force to break. This fracture may occur along with various other injuries such as damage to the optic nerve.

 

Blowout Fractures

The orbital rim’s integrity remains intact in this fracture. However, a crack develops at the eye socket’s lower part.

Committed surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and other cities and towns in The Heart of Dixie for facial trauma treatments.

 

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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Facial Trauma: Injuries to Teeth/Surrounding Structures | HuntsvilleIsolated teeth injuries occur commonly and require the expertise of multiple dental specialists. Typically, Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are typically involved in treating supporting bone fractures or replanting displaced or “knocked out” teeth.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons have extensive expertise and training in the specialty area of dental and facial trauma care, which is highly beneficial for patients.

Judicious oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides treatments for facial and oral injuries to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities in the spectacular Yellowhammer State.

 

Treatments

The treatment of facial and dental injuries involves various forms of splinting (stabilizing using wires or bonding teeth together). A “knocked out” tooth should be preserved in milk or salt water. For the better survival of the tooth, it should be replaced into the dental socket at the earliest.

It is important for the patient to consult a dentist, or ideally, an oral surgeon as soon as possible. Do not try to “wipe the tooth off,” as the remaining parts of the ligament which holds the tooth within the jaw are connected and are important for the survival of the replanted tooth.

To treat the injury, other dental experts such as endodontists (for the root canal therapy) and/or restorative dentists (for the repair and rebuilding of broken teeth) may be engaged. Dental implants may be used to replace missing teeth if the injured teeth cannot be repaired or saved.

The quick and correct treatment of facial injuries is crucial and should ideally be managed by surgical experts who have extensive training and experience in emergency care and long-term reconstruction and rehab of the patient.

 

Oral Surgery – FAQ

What is the time taken for the surgery?

The time taken for the surgery depends on the treatment. Some surgical procedures take under 30 minutes, while others are more extended.

 

Will there be inflammation or facial bruising?

The patient may experience some pain and swelling after the tooth extraction. Using an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas on the area can minimize the swelling. The patient should take the prescription pain meds as directed.

The inflammation typically reduces after 48 hours. There may be some minor bruising with certain treatments. But procedures such as the placement of dental implants typically do not cause bruising.

 

Do I need to avoid specific drugs?

During the pre-operative consultation at Stanford Ranch Family Dentistry, the patient should openly reveal all medications that they take. Most meds including Aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, and other blood thinners can be continued.

 

Pre-Surgery Guidelines

The patient should follow the below mentioned guidelines before an oral surgery:

  • Consume a light meal on the night prior to the procedure
  • Not drink or eat anything on the day of the appointment if the procedure involves sedation
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing with short-sleeves
  • Arrange for an attendant to accompany them to the office as well as drive them back home
  • The patient cannot drive a car on the day of the surgery in case sedation is involved

Devoted oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for facial and oral injury treatments.

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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Facial Trauma: Bone Injuries of The Maxillofacial Region | HuntsvilleFacial fractures refer to fractures of the mouth and face, including fractures of the cheekbones (zygoma), nose (nasal), and upper (maxilla) and lower (mandible) jaws.

The oral and maxillofacial team will assess patients of facial fracture to ensure that they don’t have other injuries to the head or neck if they have been knocked unconscious.

Accomplished oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides treatments for facial and oral injuries to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.

 

What leads to facial fractures?

Facial fractures are typically sudden (acute) or due to assaults (such as fighting), sports (such as football), and accidents (such as car crashes). In rare cases, a fracture may result from another treatment due to the bones being weakened by issues such as dental cysts.

 

How will I know if I have a facial fracture?

For people who have suffered sharp or blunt trauma to their face, doctor(s) or dentist(s) will want to check for signs of facial or other fractures. They will carefully assess the patient for inflammation, pain, and changes in mobility, and order x-rays for the patient as well.

While most fractures show up clearly as dark lines on the jaw, head, face, and dental x-rays, certain hairline (small fractures) are more challenging to identify and may need further x-rays and follow-ups.

 

What are the treatments for facial fracture?

The facial fracture treatment will depend on the extent and type of the fracture and any other issues that the patient may have at the time.

Doctors typically seek to bring the fractured bones back into a normal alignment, known as ‘reducing’ the fracture. They want to keep the fracture in this position, known as ‘fixing’ the fracture, to prevent further injury.

Some patients may require surgery and at times, surgeons may use screws, wires, or plates inside or outside the bones to hold the broken bones in their position. For more information on your fracture and its treatment, consult your oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

 

How long do facial fractures take to heal?

The extent and type of the facial fracture and the other issues a patient had at the time of the treatment will determine the healing period. Inflammation and bruising typically subside within two to three weeks.

 

What are plates used in facial fracture treatment?

Plates used in the repair of facial fracture comprise titanium. These plates hold together and provide strength to the bones of the skull (head), face, and/or jaws.

 

Will I have to have the plates removed?

Plates for fracture repair are designed to stay in place with the bone permanently. In rare cases, these plates may need to be taken out, for instance, if there is discomfort or infection.

 

What activities should I avoid for the next few weeks following a facial fracture?

Patients of facial fracture will be advised by their oral and maxillofacial team to avoid bumps or knocks to the site of the fracture for a minimum of six to eight weeks as ‘impacts’ on the fractured areas may cause the affected bones to move.

Experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas in The Heart of Dixie for facial and oral injury treatments.  

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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