Harvard Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Procedures

Facial trauma

Did you know . . . ?

There are three million cases of facial trauma admitted each year to emergency rooms in the United States.

Facial trauma, also known as maxillofacial trauma, is any injury to the face or jaw bone. Facial trauma may present with skin lacerations, obstruction to the nasal cavity or sinuses, damage to the orbital sockets, fracture to the jawbone and missing teeth. Treatment for facial trauma often involves airway control, bleeding control, reduction of swelling, prevention of infection, repair of bone fractures, repair of lacerations or soft tissue injury, and reconstruction. The most common causes of facial trauma are sports, accidents, penetrating injuries, and violence.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are busy members of most emergency room trauma teams. The combination of dental and surgical training makes oral and maxillofacial surgeons uniquely skilled at restoring the aesthetics of facial proportions, the functionality of jaw joints and bites, and damaged or missing teeth.

In addition to treating and repairing sustained injuries, Harvard Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates is committed to screening for and identifying risk factors for recurrent violence, particularly domestic violence toward women and children. Along with sensitive and confidential evaluation, your oral surgeon is an advocate for your continued health and safety. Ask your doctor if you need assistance for domestic violence, or click the link for “Haven at MGH” at left.