Just one misstep that leads to a fall can lead to a severe facial injury that affects one’s appearance, oral function, and quality of life. Traumatic force to the face may knock teeth out of their sockets, break facial bones, and disfigure a person’s appearance. When these types of injuries occur, it is important to seek out the care of an oral surgeon, a dentist with additional education and training, who provides corrective and reconstructive oral surgery. In addition to providing treatment for facial injuries, oral surgeons are qualified to treat conditions that affect oral and maxillofacial structures.
Tips for Preventing Facial Trauma
While accidents are not always avoidable, there are steps and precautions people can take to reduce their risk for facial trauma or at least, diminish the damage done to oral health and appearance from injuries to the face. The first aspect of preventing facial injury is to practice mindfulness in one’s daily life. For instance, take special care when walking up or down stairs and be sure to drive safely and always wear a seatbelt. Ideally, you should be aware of your surroundings at all times so that you do not trip or fall.
If you play contact or high-injury sports, there are precautions you should take. For example, if you participate in sports like wrestling or football, you will want to wear a custom mouth guard. These oral appliances protect teeth from blunt force while also protecting soft oral tissues from lacerations. Mouth guards are also helpful for non-contact sports such as skateboarding.
In addition to mouth guards, other gear including chin guards and helmets are important – even during practice. Chin guards and helmets will help protect your face and head from trauma, especially if you are participating in a dangerous activity like rock climbing or cycling.
Gentle Oral Surgery
Our team takes great care to provide reconstructive and corrective surgery. We have experience and training to handle a variety of conditions including problems that arise because of facial trauma. Our patients enjoy a comfortable and compassionate experience with top-notch care. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery today.