It takes a keen eye, steady hand and extensive training to be able to treat facial trauma. Maxillofacial surgery, which corrects these injuries, requires a unique combination of knowledge of emergency care, long-term reconstruction techniques and rehabilitation on a physical and emotional scale. Dr. Elias truly cares about the well-being of his patients, especially their emotional stability and happiness. He understands that facial trauma affects the most poignant aspect of your appearance and will do whatever it takes to repair the function and form you lost through your traumatic injury.
Treating facial injury is both a science and an art, and Dr. Elias continuously exceeds standards and expectations in completing these surgeries effectively and with finesse. He is on staff at local hospitals to heal patients with his unique training, skill set and qualifications for this facet of surgical care. To learn more about Dr. Elias and his qualifications, click here.
Dr. Elias treats a range of facial injuries including:
- Facial lacerations
- Intra oral lacerations
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
- Fractured facial bones
- Fractured jaws
Types of Trauma
Facial trauma can result from many causes, including motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, interpersonal violence, work-related injuries or falling accidentally. Further, facial injuries may range from broken or lost teeth to severe trauma to the skin, bones or face. These types of injuries are classified either as soft tissue injuries, which pertain to the skin and gums; bone injuries, dealing with fractures within a skeletal structure; or injuries to special regions, including the eyes, nerves or salivary glands.
Soft Tissue Maxillofacial Injuries
Soft tissue injuries to the face are typically lacerations, or deep cuts, and require suturing, or stitches, for repair. In most situations, these procedures are fairly simple unless the injury affects a large portion of the face or is in a spot that may affect your image cosmetically. Dr. Elias takes great care to examine the problem, determine whether other structures such as nerves are being affected and constructing a plan best suited for maintaining cosmetic balance and effectively treating the wound with care and precision.
Bone Maxillofacial Injuries
Facial bone fractures are treated similarly to those in other parts of the body, but require much more meticulous care and precision. Specific treatment varies depending on the location and severity of the fracture as well as the age and health of the patient.
Fractures that require stabilization for a long period of time must be set without the use of a cast. Obviously the same kind of cast cannot be used for the face as for an arm. Because we need our face for seeing, eating, hearing – the use of most of our senses – a traditional plaster cast would not be effective for healing. Many patients require their jaw to be wired shut using a “rigid fixation” technique to stabilize most of the muscles in the face. This method has improved recovery time for many patients.
When performed properly, treatment to bone maxillofacial injuries should not affect the cosmetic structure of the face. While incisions may be required, Dr. Elias will plan these carefully, ensuring that the least amount of incisions are made and that any scarring will be hidden or so small that they heal nearly invisibly.
Injuries to the Teeth & Dental Structures
It is important to know that if you are suffering from a dental injury, the sooner you contact your oral surgeon, the more effective your treatment will be. Tooth injuries are very common, as their causes may just as likely be sports related or due to a physical altercation as purely accidental. Promptly attending to the injury is especially important if you have lost a tooth and wish to have it replanted in your gums. In this case, immediately place the tooth in water or milk and do not wipe it off. It is important to keep small features of the tooth, including ligaments that are often unseen, intact, as they are vital to the success of the procedure. If a tooth cannot be salvaged, dental implants provide an effective solution for keeping your smile radiant.
Many oral injuries, especially fractures or tooth replacement procedures, are treated using splinting, which requires wiring or bonding to stabilize the affected teeth. Such stabilization ensures speedy and successful recovery.
It takes skill and knowledge to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, but to be great and truly successful in this field, Dr. Elias believes you must have compassion for your patients. Because of this, each patient meets directly with Dr. Elias for their consultation and is given a treatment plan suited to their individualized case, taking into account age, overall health and the specifics of the injury. You can trust Dr. Elias with your trauma treatment from consultation through full recovery.
Call us today to schedule your consultation: 818-696-4425.