Facial Trauma

Maxillofacial Surgery

Facial trauma can occur from a variety of causes, including car accidents, sports injuries, falling, and more. Any injury to the mouth, facial exterior, or interior bones of the face or jaw would be considered a form of facial trauma. Due to the delicate bones and soft tissues of the face, facial trauma should only be treated by a highly skilled physician.

Dr. Pashapour is one of the top facial surgeons with years of extensive experience in the field of treating facial trauma in the DC and Virginia areas. One of the few oral surgeons to have completed a residency with a focus in facial trauma, Dr. Pashapour regularly sees patients at several level 1 trauma centers in the DC area for reconstruction of the skull and mandible. Committed to changing lives with innovative facial surgery techniques, Dr. Pashapour is trained in both oral and facial surgery.

What Types Of Facial Trauma Are Treated?

In some cases of facial trauma, a patient may have several injuries to various structures of the face that will all require a specific approach. Dr. Pashapour is on staff at several level 1 DC trauma centers. While the list of facial injuries varies greatly, some common types of facial trauma include facial lacerations, intra-oral lacerations, fractured facial bones or jawbones, and avulsed teeth.



How Are Facial Lacerations Treated?

In the majority of cases, facial lacerations can be treated with sutures or a row of stitches. When repairing a facial laceration, it is critical that the oral surgeon approaches facial nerves and muscles as delicately as possible in order to avoid further damage to the surrounding structures. Dr. Pashapour understands the need to close a facial laceration in the most cosmetically appropriate way. Dr. Pashapour will suture the facial laceration carefully in order to minimize scarring but also ensuring the functionality of surrounding facial muscles and nerves.

How Are Intra-Oral Lacerations Treated?

Similar to facial lacerations, intra-oral lacerations can be repaired by carefully suturing the wound closed. Dr. Pashapour will approach intra-oral lacerations delicately in order to ensure the best results possible. Before closing the intra-oral laceration, Dr. Pashapour will inspect that no other surrounding tissues, structures, nerves, or muscles need repairing due to the injury. One of the benefits of surgery with our oral + facial surgeon is that he can repair facial trauma and injury both functionally and cosmetically. Dr. Pashapour will suture the intra-oral laceration closed, using the most minimally invasive techniques in order to ensure oral functionality when the laceration heals.

How Are Fractured Facial Bones Treated?

The treatment for a facial bone fracture will vary depending upon the location of the fracture, severity of the fracture, number of fractures, and the age and general health of the patient. Typically, when a bone is fractured, a cast can be applied to promote healing. With facial bone fractures, a cast is not a suitable treatment, so Dr. Pashapour will have to stabilize the facial bones in an alternative method. In some cases of a fractured jawbone, the jaws may need to be wired together in order to stabilize the fracture. Fortunately, though, many cases of a jawbone fracture may be treated with a rigid fixation approach, which uses small screws and plates at the fracture to stabilize the bone.

How Are Damaged Or Avulsed Teeth Treated?

Dental injuries are common following a traumatic accident and can include broken or avulsed teeth. Avulsed teeth are those that have been knocked out as the result of an accident or trauma. Dr. Pashapour is extensively trained in the field of repairing dental injuries. In some cases of a tooth that has been knocked out, it may be reinserted into the dental socket. If a tooth has been knocked out, the tooth should be placed into salt water or milk for a better chance that the tooth can be successfully replanted into the dental socket. Do not attempt to wipe off or clean the tooth before seeking treatment as remnants of the ligament may still be attached to the avulsed tooth and are necessary for replanting the tooth. In some cases, a tooth cannot be successfully replanted, and a missing tooth replacement, such as a dental implant may be recommended.


What Should I Expect From A Facial Trauma Treatment?

Facial trauma treatment varies greatly from patient to patient and will depend on the details of the accident that caused the facial injury. The severity and quantity of facial injuries will also be taken into consideration when devising a proper facial trauma treatment. Dr. Pashapour will help effectively treat each injury with the utmost care, prioritizing your well-being, the functionality of the facial features, and aesthetically appealing results. In the case of an emergency, please visit a trauma center immediately. The sooner facial trauma is treated, the more successful the outcome is.

How Can I Get Started With Facial Trauma Surgery?

Dr. Pashapour and his staff at Pashapour Oral + Facial Surgery would be happy to discuss the details of facial trauma surgery with you. To schedule an appointment in Washington, DC or Arlington with oral surgeon Dr. Ali Pashapour, please call our office at 703-566-1990 or request an appointment online.

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