Facial Trauma

Expertise in Facial Trauma

As a Knoxville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Nicole Eisenberg is an expert in treating and repairing facial trauma and injury, including dental injuries, facial lacerations, and fractures of the upper and lower jaws and the orbits surrounding the eyes. Thanks to Dr. Eisenberg’s extensive knowledge of dental occlusion (how the jaws come together), she can help patients regain function and their appearance even in cases of complex facial fractures.

Why turn to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS) for the treatment of facial trauma? An OMS is a specialist in the soft tissues, bone, joints and muscles of the face, jaw and mouth. In fact, many of the techniques for treating facial trauma that are standard in hospital emergency rooms today were developed by OMSs in combat hospitals starting in World War II and continuing through today’s international conflicts. So, if you’ve experienced an injury to your face or mouth, seek out an expert. Schedule a visit with Dr. Eisenberg online or by calling us at (865) 410-3075.

Maxillofacial Trauma Explained

Oral and facial trauma can be caused by a number of things, including car accidents, sports injuries, work-related injuries, accidental falls or violence, to name a few. Facial injuries are usually classified as soft tissue injuries (trauma to the skin and gums), bone injuries (fractures) or injuries to special regions (i.e., the facial nerves, eyes, salivary glands, etc.). If you or a loved one suffer from a mouth or facial injury that requires an emergency room visit, it’s a good idea to ask that an OMS is brought in for a consultation. They are the most qualified specialists to deal with this type of trauma and may even detect a “hidden” injury that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Treatment Considerations

When you visit Knoxville Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the treatment we recommend will depend on the type of facial trauma you experienced, as well as your unique health history and needs. Let’s examine some common treatments for facial trauma broken down into the different categories of injury:

Treatment for Soft Tissue Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region

If you have a soft tissue injury, like a laceration on the face, Dr. Eiesenberg will perform a thorough exam and, if necessary, use our cutting-edge diagnostic equipment to ensure you don’t have any hidden damage to other structures, such as the salivary glands, salivary ducts or facial nerves. In many cases, soft tissue injuries are treated by suturing the wound closed. Not only will Dr. Eisenberg repair the damage, she’ll also minimize scarring and give you the best cosmetic result.

Treatment for Bone Injuries in the Maxillofacial Region

Our Knoxville oral and maxillofacial surgery team is well versed in treating bone injuries, or fractures, of the jaw and face, including those that are complex. We use the latest imaging technology to accurately evaluate your entire oral and facial structure and to create the most efficient, effective treatment plan. The specifics of your treatment will depend on a number of factors, such as the severity and location of the fracture, your general health and your age.

Treating a facial fracture is similar to treating fractures in other areas of the body, however, we have to use alternative ways to stabilize these fractures since we can’t place a cast on your face. Sometimes, wiring the jaws together is the best option when dealing with certain fractures of the upper and/or lower jaw.

In other cases, we can use a more modern approach known as “rigid fixation” of a fracture. This is where Dr. Eisenberg stabilizes the fracture by surgically placing small plates and screws at the injury site. Rigid fixation can negate the need for wiring the jaws and significantly shorten your recovery period, allowing you to regain function much more quickly.

Regardless of the treatment needed, Dr. Eisenberg and our team rely on advances in the field to get better results, minimize postoperative pain and encourage speedy healing. As facial experts, we also use the fewest incisions necessary, hiding them when possible, and keep aesthetics in mind, so your appearance won’t be negatively impacted by surgery.

Treatment for Injuries to the Teeth and Surrounding Dental Structures

Injuries to the teeth are extremely common and, depending on the extent of your injury, they can sometimes require the expertise of different dental specialists to fix. As an Oral Surgeon, Dr. Eisenberg’s role in treating dental injuries typically involves repairing fractures in the supporting bone, as well as reimplanting teeth that have been displaced or knocked out. She may use different techniques to treat these types of injuries, such as splinting, where she wires or bonds teeth together for stabilization.

If your tooth is knocked out, put it in salt water or milk. Never wipe the tooth clean since remnants of the ligaments that hold the tooth in the jaw may still be attached and these can be vital to successfully reimplanting the tooth. The sooner you can get to our office to have the tooth re-inserted into the dental socket, the better the chance it will survive. If your tooth can’t be saved or repaired, we also offer dental implants, which are a long-lasting, comfortable option for replacing missing teeth.

Your Comfort is Our Top Priority

At our Knoxville, Tennessee oral surgery practice, we rely on cutting-edge technology and our in-depth experience to offer high quality care to patients of all ages in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. If you’re ready to maintain or restore your oral health and smile aesthetics, schedule a visit with us today!

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