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Signs of Facial Trauma: When to See an Oral Surgeon

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Accidents happen, and when they do, a person’s face can be particularly vulnerable to trauma. Facial injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to more severe damage involving bones, teeth, and soft tissues. Recognizing the signs of facial trauma is essential, as timely intervention can greatly impact recovery. If you are experiencing facial swelling, jaw joint problems, bleeding or aching gums, or any other painful sensations around the face, jaw, or mouth, contact the oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group. 

At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we ensure you receive the best possible care using state-of-the-art dental technology, including X-rays and diagnostic imaging. Your long-term health and recovery are our top priority, which is why we are here for you before, during, and after your surgical experience. 

3 Signs of Facial Trauma 

It may be time to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you experience the following signs of facial trauma after an accident or injury: 

  • Soft tissue injuries: These may include lacerations, cuts, bruises, and other damage to the face and mouth. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will ensure to also take care of the underlying structures of the face and mouth to prevent future complications.  
  • Maxillofacial bone damage: These injuries may include fractures of the facial bones, including the jaw, eye socket, cheek, and nose, which are common signs of facial trauma. Commonly, oral and maxillofacial surgeons stabilize facial fractures by carefully setting small plates and screws.
  • Teeth injuries: If you have teeth that have been knocked out or supporting bone structures that have been fractured, an oral surgeon can help. Having the tooth reinserted by an oral surgeon as soon as possible increases its chance of survival.

If you experienced any of the following signs of facial trauma, it is best to contact the oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group to receive treatment right away. 

When Should You See an Oral Surgeon? 

If you have experienced any of the following symptoms of facial trauma, it may be in your best interest to contact an oral and maxillofacial surgeon: 

  • Facial swelling: Swelling of the face, particularly if it is significant, is a common sign of facial trauma. Swelling can occur due to soft tissue injuries, fractures, or dental trauma.  
  • Pain and discomfort: Continuous pain or discomfort in the face, mouth, or jaw should not be ignored. It can be an indicator of an underlying issue, such as fractures or nerve damage. 
  • Bleeding or bruising: Visible bleeding or bruising on the face after an injury is a clear sign of trauma. While minor cuts and bruises may heal on their own, it is essential to see an oral surgeon if there is profuse bleeding or if the injury involves deeper tissues. 
  • Mouth functionality: If you experience difficulty in opening or closing your mouth after an accident, it can be a sign of TMJ injury or fractures. 
  • Loose or missing teeth: Trauma to the face often results in dental injuries, including loose or knocked-out teeth. At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we can provide immediate care to save damaged teeth or recommend replacements if necessary. 
  • Nasal or facial deformities: Noticeable changes in the shape or alignment of the nose or other facial features may indicate fractures or dislocations. 
  • Numbness or tingling: Numbness and tingling sensations in the face, lips, or tongue can be signs of nerve damage resulting from facial trauma, 
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing: Severe facial trauma can sometimes lead to airway obstruction or difficulty swallowing due to displaced bones or soft tissue injuries. 

Recognizing the signs of facial trauma is the first step toward receiving appropriate care. If you experienced any of these signs after a facial injury, it’s essential to consult a highly experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. 

Schedule an Appointment Today With the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons at Union City Oral Surgery Group 

If you are experiencing the signs of facial trauma, consult the oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group. We possess the specialized knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment to treat the functional and aesthetic aspects of facial injuries. 

Schedule an appointment today by calling (201) 601-9262 or filling out a contact form.