Oral & maxillofacial surgeons are often called upon to repair facial injuries. Oral & maxillofacial surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. Injuries to the face, by their very nature, impart a high degree of emotional, as well as physical trauma to patients. The science and art of treating these injuries requires special training involving a “hands on” experience and an understanding of how the treatment provided will influence the patient’s long term function and appearance.
Dr. Morrissette was trained at a level I trauma centers during residency and they have extensive experienced in the management of facial injuries. They are on staff at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and the Ventura County Medical center. The Ventura County Medical Center is the trauma center for Ventura County and DR. Morrissette and Dr. Marks are “on-call” for all facial traumas that are brought to the emergency department. The injuries they treat include:
- Intra oral lacerations
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose or eye socket)
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaws)
THE NATURE OF MAXILLOFACIAL TRAUMA
There are a number of possible causes of facial trauma such as motor vehicle accidents, accidental falls, sports injuries, interpersonal violence, and work related injuries. Types of facial injuries can range from injuries of teeth to extremely severe injuries of the skin and bones of the face. Typically, facial injuries are classified as either soft tissue injuries (skin and gums), bone injuries (fractures), or injuries to special regions (such as the eyes, facial nerves or the salivary glands).
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