Maxillofacial Trauma Overview
An injury to the face can cause a variety of concerns such as tooth avulsion, cracked teeth, gum damage, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. At Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo, we are here to provide you and your family with prompt care to preserve your oral health and smile. Our seasoned team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons is well-versed in treating injuries that range from minor tooth damage to severe trauma like a jaw fracture. In many cases, these injuries are caused by an auto accident, fight, sports activity, or a nasty fall. We are pleased to serve local men and women with comprehensive oral care to address any maxillofacial trauma. Receiving the care you need in a timely manner is crucial in these cases, which is why our Pueblo, CO location offers flexible hours to get you in as soon as possible.
"I had two wisdom teeth removed on my visit. #32 was partially impacted and #1 was not erupted/exposed. Dr. Steuer and his staff were very thorough and explained the what my procedure was going to entail. The entire process was stress free and was a pleasant experience. Dr. Steuer and his staff were very friendly. I would recommend Dr. Steuer to anyone looking for an oral surgeon."- S.M. / Healthgrades / Mar 12, 2020
"My wife had an emergency, they took care of her right away. Explained everything including the charges which were fair. The staff were friendly and answered every question we had. They really helped to put my wife at ease during a stressful time. Office was very clean, and modern looking. Very impressed"- J.W. / Yelp / Feb 24, 2020
"Friendly and professional staff. Answered all questions until we felt comfortable with the procedure and followed up with us at home later to assure everything was okay... Would recommend to others anytime."- K.S. / Google / Feb 21, 2020
"I really appreciate how Dr. Ringer bent over backwards to help my daughter - we had a series of conflicts that made it look impossible to get her into the office in a timely manner and Dr. Ringer's office really worked with us -- for that we are most grateful.Additionally, my daughter is atypical and was stressing about having her mouth worked on - the Dr and staff treated her with kindness and gentleness and were attentive to her needs along with any concerns or questions I and her father had about the procedure.The procedure was quick and he performed it with unspeakable proficiency. He and his staff were thorough with their aftercare instructions and genuinely interested in her recovery. Dr. Ringer later called me to check up on how she was doing and praised her for how well she held it together. He also made sure that I had emergency contact info in case we had more questions or if my daughter were to have any issues at all with her aftercare. We are very pleased with this practice and certainly recommend Dr. Ringer's office to anyone needing oral surgery."- S.T. / Google / Feb 21, 2020
"Dr. Eric Ringer was our surgeon for my daughters procedure today. At our first visit/consultation he explained everything wonderfully and answered the questions we had.He and his nurses were wonderful and reassuring to her. She was a terrified 12 yr old. This was her first surgery ever and Dr. Ringer took amazing care and time with her. He even got in contact with us later in the day to make sure her day one recovery was going well. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience for our family."- K.C. / Google / Feb 21, 2020
Best Candidates for Maxillofacial Trauma
Candidates for maxillofacial surgery are those who have suffered from a minor or serious injury that has caused damage to their oral structures. Our team commonly treats facial lacerations, knocked-out or damaged teeth, fractured jawbones, and wounded cheekbones. Our experts have diverse training and experience in reconstructing the bones, soft tissues, and nerves to restore your oral function and aesthetic appearance. We also utilize modern tools and techniques to preserve your facial structures to attain the most natural-looking outcome possible.
What to Expect with Maxillofacial Trauma
The treatment you receive for your injury will depend heavily on your unique situation. Some patients can be treated here at our office while others could benefit more from receiving care at a hospital or surgical facility. First, we will assess your age, individual condition, the severity of your trauma, and placement of the injury before we create your personalized treatment plan. We will also ask about any medical conditions, medications you are taking, and health concerns you may have. From there, we will run diagnostics and formulate a treatment plan to restore the look and function of your face, jaw, and mouth. Depending on your trauma, we may work alongside your dentist or another specialist to ensure that you receive the comprehensive care you require. To make sure that you're as comfortable as possible during your treatment, we will go over sedation options offered by our Pueblo, CO office.
Maxillofacial Trauma Recovery
Your recovery will vary depending on the injury you have endured and the treatment performed to restore your health. Once you have come around after your procedure, a member of our team will give you detailed instructions so that you can care for your incision sites properly as you heal. If further treatment is needed, these appointments will be scheduled accordingly by our office personnel. You will be asked to come in for a follow-up once your treatment has concluded so we can remove any wires, sutures, or other stabilization devices and monitor your progress. Depending on the trauma that was sustained, we may work with a restorative dentist or other professional to address your teeth. We encourage you to contact our office if you have any questions as you recover from your maxillofacial trauma surgery.
Maxillofacial Trauma Insurance Coverage
Depending on the injury sustained and your unique treatment plan, some of the costs for your maxillofacial trauma care may be covered by your insurance. To determine your coverage, a member of our team will get in touch with your provider and learn about your benefits. Your out-of-pocket costs will be made known to you promptly. We do everything in our power to ensure that you receive your necessary care at a cost that you feel comfortable with. If you are considering financing some of the costs for your treatment, our Pueblo, CO office partners with CareCredit®.
TREATMENT FOR TRAUMA
Accidents and injuries can be devastating. However, if the right care is received in a timely manner, your facial and oral structures can have their appearance, function, and health restored. If, for some reason, you endure a trauma to your mouth, please contact our office as soon as you can. Our skilled team of oral surgeons at Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo regularly treats patients with injuries that range from minor to severe. Don't hesitate to seek out the comprehensive care you need to regain your health and quality of life.