Facial trauma can be devastating – both physically and emotionally. The expertise and experience of the surgical team at Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS helps to get your life back on track after a facial injury. Their services are available at the practice and at several local hospitals in the Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN area.
The science and art of reconstruction
Facial trauma may be the result of an auto crash, sports injury, violence, or workplace accident. It may involve teeth, bones, skin, soft tissues, salivary glands, nerves, and eyes. Treatment requires compassion, broad-based knowledge in multiple disciplines, and artistry.
Consider the complexities in these facial trauma scenarios:
- Soft tissue injury in the maxillofacial (face and jaw) area – Lacerations, which may be external, intraoral, or both, are repaired with a suturing technique that results in the least possible scarring. In addition, great care must be taken to avoid harm to underlying nerves, glands, and ducts.
- Bone injury – A facial fracture of the nose, eye socket, cheek, or jaw cannot be casted, like a broken arm or leg. Instead, hard tissues are stabilized with wires, plates, and screws placed through small incisions. These methods allow healing, with minimal impact to long-term oral function and appearance.
- Dental structure injury – This type of trauma may require stabilization of supporting bone, as well as replanting of an avulsed (knocked out) tooth. The surgeon uses various forms of splinting to immobilize the tooth in the socket, giving bone a chance to re-integrate with roots. Multiple dental specialists such as an endodontist or prosthodontist may be called upon to assist in the reconstruction.
Why choose an oral and maxillofacial specialist in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN for facial trauma?
Dr. Stevenson, Dr. Fairchild, and Dr. Surber are oral and maxillofacial specialists. Their expertise ranges from general dentistry to the finest cosmetic aspects of facial repair. They have experience in a hospital emergency department setting as well as acute care in the surgical suites on-site at the Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS offices.
Their care doesn’t end when the reconstruction is completed. You can count on these doctors for long-term rehabilitation with a high degree of emotional support along the way.
Call (219) 307-4382 for surgical expertise with a human touch.