Oral surgeons receive extensive training in treating facial trauma by working in hospital emergency rooms as part of their residency programs.
I was very fortunate in my residency program to have extensive trauma experience. In the hospital where I trained, the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., we were the only specialty at that hospital which had a major trauma facility, and we were the only specialists who treated facial trauma. For this reason, I have had extensive training in the treatment of facial injuries.
Because of this training, I am recognized as an expert 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.
Many of the patients we see today with trauma are referred from the area emergency rooms, or they are patients who are seen at the general dentist’s office and are referred to our office for treatment of traumatic injuries.
One of the most common traumatic injuries we will typically see will be teeth that have either avulsed, which means knocked out, or subluxated, which means that teeth have been traumatically moved within the mouth. We are asked in those cases to save these teeth by re-implanting them or repositioning them.
We also treat many jaw fractures, both the upper and lower jaw, and many of these procedures can either be performed in our office or as an outpatient procedure in the hospital. With my extensive trauma experience, I can treat these patients many times without the need to wire jaws together, which makes the entire experience much more tolerable for the patient.
Anyone who has a fractured jaw—or anyone who thinks that they may have a fractured jaw—should go to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a consultation and necessary treatment.
It is always a good idea to keep our contact information handy, just in case you have a facial injury that requires our expertise.
Dr. Leonard Spector