Facial Trauma in Caldwell and Florham Park, NJ
Find Restorative Care for Facial Trauma Injuries at NJCOS
Facial trauma from accidents, falls, or violence can be an emotionally and physically traumatic experience. Beyond painful injuries, it often means urgent reconstructive surgery to stabilize facial fractures or lacerated soft tissues. Where you receive immediate care and long-term treatment makes all the difference.
At the NJ Center for Oral Surgery, our facial trauma specialists seamlessly manage every aspect of the reconstructive surgery treatment journey. Our New Jersey oral surgeons, Drs. Jacobs, Kirsch, and Zambetti have the experience and knowledge needed to address any facial injury.
Call 973-261-8444 to reach our Florham Park office and 973-226-8444 to reach our Caldwell office today to schedule your appointment.
Common Facial Injuries
The face has a complex anatomy of delicate bones that fracture easily on impact. Common facial bones that may be fractured during trauma include:
- Nasal Bones: The nasal bone and septum are fragile and prone to fracture. Fracturing these facial bones causes pain, swelling, and nosebleeds after facial trauma.
- Orbital Bones: These thin facial bones surrounding the eye sockets are frequently affected by facial injuries. This can cause bleeding and damage to the eye.
- Maxillary Bones: The upper jawbone can fracture in high-impact injuries, causing misalignment of teeth.
- Mandibular Bones: Lower jaw fractures make it impossible to bite or chew. It is the second most frequently fractured facial bone after nasal bones.
- Zygomatic Bones: Facial injuries of the cheekbone cause bruising, numbness, and flattening of the cheek.
These facial injuries require immediate stabilization to avoid permanent dysfunction or deformity. The facial trauma team at the NJ Center for Oral Surgery targets quick diagnosis and effective treatment of facial fractures.
Have any of the injuries listed above? Contact us to make an appointment today!
Surgical Repair of Facial Fractures
Once facial fractures are diagnosed via X-ray, CT scans, and a thorough clinical exam, reconstructive surgery is scheduled immediately. The technique depends on the facial injury:
- Closed Reduction: Pieces of facial bones are repositioned non-surgically into their anatomical alignment using splints and bands.
- Open Reduction: Incisions are made in the gums or skin to visualize and manually reposition the facial bones. Metal plates and screws fix them in place.
- Reconstruction: Total replacement of shattered sections with bone from elsewhere in your body or synthetic materials.
These procedures realign your facial structure and stabilize fractures optimally. Rigid internal fixation lets bones heal faster while reducing the need for cumbersome jaw-wiring techniques. This brings better function and aesthetics post-surgery. Precision 3D planning and execution are vital when repairing such intricate facial fractures.
Reconstructive Surgery for Soft Tissue Injuries
Facial trauma also causes soft tissue injuries like:
- Lacerations: Jagged cuts to the lips, cheeks, nose, or brow.
- Nerve Damage: Trigeminal nerve injuries cause numbness and paralysis.
- Concussions: Traumatic brain injury leads to cognitive dysfunction.
Reconstructive surgery is aimed at both aesthetics and restoring function after these traumatic facial soft tissue injuries:
- Wound Closure: Layered suturing meticulously realigns facial features and minimizes scarring.
- Nerve Surgery: Damaged nerves are reconnected via microsurgery for sensation and movement.
- Cosmetic Procedures: After healing, options like scar revision and rhinoplasty improve traumatic scars or deformities.
With artistic precision and care, the goal is to help your face heal back to its natural state as much as possible after facial injuries.
Why Choose NJ Center for Oral Surgery for Facial Trauma Care?
What makes the NJ Center for Oral Surgery a premier choice for immediate and long-term facial trauma treatment?
- Leading Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: Our experienced oral surgeons can address facial trauma and correct any facial injury.
- In-Office CT Scanner: Our advanced technology allows quick 3D diagnosis of complex facial fractures.
- On-Site Operating Rooms: Urgent facial fracture repair surgery is done on-site.
- OR Capabilities: From basic facial fractures to flap reconstruction, we can help reduce the effects of severe facial injuries.
- Individualized Approach: Our reconstructive surgery plans and techniques are customized per the facial injury case.
- Meticulous Reconstruction: We offer a range of facial trauma treatments, from subtle scars and facial fractures to total facial rehabilitation.
- Patient Comfort Resources: Our facial trauma office employs dental sedation, financial coordination, support staff, and more.
- Cutting-Edge Technology: Our facial trauma surgeons in New Jersey can create excellent solutions using various technologies to treat and diagnose facial injuries.
- Dedicated To Excellence: We’re a trusted leader for immediate facial trauma intervention and lasting recovery.
Whether it’s emergency stabilization of complex facial fractures or long-term cosmetic restoration, our facial trauma oral surgeons seamlessly guide you through it all.
Ongoing Rehabilitation After Facial Trauma
The surgery is only the first step in recovering from substantial facial injuries. Patients also need comprehensive rehabilitation to restore their appearance, bite, speech, vision, and more. The NJ Center for Oral Surgery coordinates all aspects of ongoing care post-surgery:
- Physical Therapy: A tailored PT program helps strengthen facial muscles impacted by injury. Exercises may include massage, stretching, hot and cold therapy, and electrostimulation. PT improves mobility and reduces pain.
- Occupational Therapy: OT aims to recover fine motor skills like chewing, swallowing, and speech. Activities focus on jaw and tongue movement. Desensitization techniques can help retrain facial sensations and reactions when nerves are involved.
- Orthodontic Care: Severe facial injuries can affect your teeth, requiring realigning your bite with orthodontic appliances over months. This ensures you can eat properly as your facial bones heal.
- Restorative Dentistry: Knocked-out, cracked, or broken teeth must be repaired or replaced. Options like dental implants, bridges, and crowns restore your smile. Our surgeons collaborate seamlessly with restorative dentists for ideal outcomes.
- Vision Therapy: Double vision, loss of peripheral vision, and other visual deficits after orbital trauma require tailored VT. Eye exercises and visual aids can help strengthen your ocular abilities.
- Cosmetic Procedures: Once healing progresses, options like injectables, laser resurfacing, chin augmentation, and rhinoplasty refine any lingering asymmetry or scarring. This completes your facial reconstructive surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you diagnose facial fractures?
Facial trauma specialists diagnose facial fractures via a clinical exam of the face, skull, and mouth. X-rays, CT scans, and 3D imaging precisely depict fracture location and severity. An urgent diagnosis within hours is critical.
When should facial injury repair surgery be done?
Schedule facial injury repair surgery as soon as possible once the patient is stabilized. Delaying surgery over 48 hours after injury begins impacting long-term function and aesthetics. The surgeons strive for same-day or next-day repair.
What is the recovery like after facial injury surgery?
You can expect mild pain, swelling, and bruising for one to two weeks post-surgery. Avoid strenuous activity during the six-to-eight-week bone healing period. Complete recovery takes months for severe injuries.
What are the risks if facial fractures aren’t treated urgently?
Long-term issues can include malocclusion, facial deformity, blindness, double vision, chewing difficulty, chronic pain, and sinus issues. Poor outcomes are prevented with expedited surgery.
Get Superior Facial Trauma Care at NJCOS
Don’t gamble with substandard treatment after devastating facial injuries. The NJ Center for Oral Surgery has the specialized expertise and technology to optimize your function, aesthetics, and quality of life after trauma.
To discuss your facial injuries and surgical options, call 973-261-8444 for our Florham Park office and 973-226-8444 for our Caldwell, NJ, oral and maxillofacial surgeon offices today. We also have a convenient online contact form to request your appointment. Our compassionate team looks forward to guiding patients from Montclair, East Hanover, and Livingston, NJ, toward recovery.