While many people recognize oral and maxillofacial surgeons as simply performing extractions and placing dental implants, they are extensively trained to treat a full scope of oral and facial conditions, including facial trauma injuries. In fact, many oral surgeons are on call at local hospitals so that when emergency facial trauma cases come in, they can be called in to treat them. Patients who endure a facial trauma typically suffer from a decrease in oral function and aesthetics, and damage can be permanent if not treated immediately. It's important to visit an oral surgeon as soon as possible after experiencing a facial trauma.
At Utah Surgical Arts, when you call our office with an emergency, we do our best to see you the same day so as not to delay the treatment and healing process. Our entire team is dedicated to restoring every patient's smile, and we are committed to ensuring you feel comfortable at all times. Patients who suffer a facial injury are going through a difficult time, which is why we strive to provide the same compassionate care we would want our family to receive in the same situation. Some of our past patients who had their facial trauma treated by our expert oral surgeons have been kind enough to share their personal stories with us. We encourage you to watch them, and once again, we stress the importance of contacting us immediately if you or someone you love has suffered a facial trauma injury.
Maxillofacial injuries, also referred to as facial trauma, encompass any injury to the oral or facial structures. These injuries may include fractures of the lower jaw, upper jaw, palate, nasal bones, cheek bones, eye sockets, and combinations of these bones and/or lacerations of the overlying skin and soft tissue. These injuries can affect sight and the ability to breathe, speak, and swallow. Treatment often requires hospitalization. Almost everyone has experienced such an injury or knows someone who has. Most maxillofacial injuries are caused by a sports mishap, motor vehicle accident, on-the-job accident, act of violence, or an accident in the home. If you or a loved one incurs one of these types of injuries, it is imperative that your treating physician has expertise in emergency care, acute treatment, and long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation.
The surgeons at Utah Surgical Arts are specially trained and uniquely qualified to perform treatment of facial injuries. With both dental and medical degrees, and having completed years of rigorous surgical training in maxillofacial trauma, they are experts in the management of complex injuries of the facial skeleton and facial soft tissues.
Drs. Harris, Park, Brown, and Wood are on staff at local hospitals and deliver emergency room coverage for facial injuries, which include the following conditions:
Patients who suffer facial trauma are often concerned with the restoration of their physical appearance. Our skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons will address your concerns by developing a surgical treatment plan that is most suitable for your long-term functional needs, as well as your physical appearance after the procedure. He will perform the procedure using the least number of well-hidden incisions possible in conjunction with the meticulous placement of sutures and a post-operative recovery plan that will together ensure your satisfaction with the cosmetic results of your surgery.
Drs. Harris, Park, Brown, and Wood of Utah Surgical Arts maintain three practice offices located in Provo, Payson, and South Jordan, UT, serving all of Utah County and Salt Lake County and are available to schedule your surgery at any of their locations.