What Is Maxillofacial Trauma?
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.
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"My son had nothing but problems with one of his adult teeth since he was 7. First it was a cavity he had it filled then I was I was told that the dentist hadn't gotten all the cavity so they would have to fix it so they filled it again I was told the cavity was pretty deep so he would have sensitivity. He complained about it again I told him it was normal there was going to be some pain because they drilled deep it got to the point where he was crying over it and I knew it was more than tooth sensitivity so I took him back in and they said it was an infection they gave him some antibiotics and told me that would fix the problem. Two weeks later he was crying about it again so I took him back in he had another infection and they told me it was hurting cause the tooth on the bottom was pushing to hard into it so they ground it down and gave him more antibiotics and sent us on our way.6 months later he complained again we took him back in and they said it would be a good idea to do a root canal and refurred is to another dentist in Pueblo. I asked the same dentist why he had so many tooth infections and he told me that food was getting caught up under his tooth I asked him how do you prevent that from happy and he told me that you had to get all your yearly cleaning to prevent that. When we were refurred for a root canal I went to that doctor and I had been thinking what is a root canal going to do for his infections. That's what was causing pain so I talked to the dentist about pulling it and that a root canal was not going to fix his tooth in the long run and he said they don't pull adult teeth it causes issues in the long run. He refused to pull his tooth and sent me to an oral surgeon which is how I ended up at oral surgery specialists of Pueblo. I went in we had a consultation and he said there was no harm in pulling it. They pulled it and when he was done pulling it he informed me it was the right thing to do that the tooth had been dead for years and that I was right a root canal would not have fixed his issues it would have only made it a few years before having to have more tooth work done. He also informed me that his infections were due to them drilling so far down in his tooth that they trapped bacteria against the nerve and that was what was causing the infections. He was great with my son and stopped his 3 years of suffering and prevented another possible 2 years of suffering as well as a lot more money going to the dentist office for them trying to save that tooth thank you guys so much it was really spendy for getting a tooth pulled but thank you guys for being honest and helping him with his troublesome tooth ache."- S.H. / Google / May 12, 2022
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Who Should Seek Care for Jaw or Facial 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.
How Are Oral and Facial Injuries Treated?
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.
What Can I Expect During Facial 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.
Is Maxillofacial Trauma Care Covered by Insurance?
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®.
Expert Care When You Need it Most
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.