Why an Oral Surgeon when it comes to facial surgery?Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMSs) are experts in treating and repairing facial injury and trauma, including fractures of the upper and lower jaws and the orbits surrounding the eyes, and facial lacerations. Their knowledge of how jaws come together (dental occlusion) is critical when repairing complex facial fractures.
What are reasons I would need trauma surgery?Car accidents, falls, sports injuries, and work-related accidents can result in a variety of injuries to the bone and/or soft tissues. The American College of Surgeons' guidelines for optimal care in Level I and II trauma centers, the centers that treat the most serious and complex facial trauma patients, recommend that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon be included as a member of the centers' trauma team.
If you or a loved one suffer a facial or mouth injury that requires a trip to the emergency room, be sure to ask that an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS) is called for consultation. With their background and training, OMSs are the specialists most qualified to deal with these types of injuries. In some cases, they may detect a "hidden" injury that might otherwise go unnoticed.
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