Facial Trauma
Simi Valley, CA

Illustration of facial trauma. Learn more about facial trauma and restorative procedures at Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley in Simi Valley, CA.Facial Trauma, most often caused by blunt force to the mouth or entire facial region, can range from minor to severe damage. Whether you need to have lacerations stitched, teeth replaced, or entire jaw realignment, it is best to have the work done with an Oral Surgeon who knows and understands all the layers and how they work in tandem. Working with our team at Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley, we have the experience, knowledge, and training to respond to your acute trauma in emergency cases. We understand you are not just looking for repair, but for a restoration of your function and your aesthetics.

The most common causes of traumatic facial injuries are as a result of sporting accidents, car accidents, falls, and acts of violence. We have seen a wide range of injuries, some involving primarily soft tissue repair all the way to dramatic jaw reconstruction. In each case, the need for an oral surgeon who is trained in the working relationship of the facial structure made a difference in the long-term results.

Facial trauma can involve many layers to consider. The physical scars or pain is more obvious, but the functional problems and the emotional scars can be long-term and painful. Our team at Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley strives to consider each case with the work that we do, taking each patient's individual needs as a matter of attention. The compassion our team shares with their patients sets our office apart. We consider all of these areas in assessing the damage:
•  Facial and Intra-oral Lacerations: When placing sutures in facial lacerations, both inside and outside the mouth, we take several aspects into consideration. We consider the patient's end look and aesthetic, but we also consider the nerve placement, the salivary glands, and salivary ducts placement. Considering the patient's entire facial unit will make a significant difference in their long-term care.
•  Avulsed Teeth: You may be surprised to hear, but teeth that have been knocked out may be able to be placed right back in their socket if some criteria are met. A knocked out tooth should not be scrubbed or cleaned, this may remove important ligaments. A knocked out tooth should be held in your mouth, even better if it can be placed in the socket, or if the patient is unable to have an item in their mouth without the fear of swallowing, it can be placed ideally in milk, or at best water. Lastly, the patient needs to be seen as soon as possible, time is of the essence! If a knocked out tooth cannot be saved, there are some restoration options that we can discuss including a dental bridge, a partial, a denture, or dental implants.
•  Fractured Facial Bones: A patient may think that there is nothing that can be done about a broken cheekbone or eyebrow bone, but that is not entirely true. A broken facial bone can be correctly set, and when needed to be held in place by surgical means.
•  Fractured Jaw: A fractured or broken jaw requires surgery to be set in place. This work should be done only through an Oral Surgeon. In most cases, we will need to work closely with an Orthodontist for long-term realignment and correction.

Contact Us When Facial Trauma Occurs

Working with a team of oral surgeons can make a significant impact on your long-term function, look, and feel. We have seen minor and major cases. For more information on facial trauma and what to do, contact Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley. Our Simi Valley office is happy to assist.
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