Nobody ever plans for a traumatic event to occur. It can happen, though, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, the underlying cause is a simple accident. A slip-and-fall, athletic mishaps, and even car collisions can result in facial trauma, which can, in turn, lead facial fractures and broken teeth

At Mercer Island Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we are always here to help patients recover from these traumatic incidents. Reach out to our practice to learn more about our experience and our high standards of patient care.

Addressing Facial Trauma

For those who have experienced facial trauma or a sudden tooth loss, we usually begin with a simple evaluation. Dr. Streelman will assess the damage using in-office imaging and physical exams. He will then formulate and recommend a treatment plan.

For those who have lost teeth, we may recommend using dental implants to replace them and to prevent further loss of bone and tissue. For some patients, a bone graft may also be necessary to ensure sufficient bone mass for the implant to take root.

Other patients may require a surgical procedure to address injury to their facial bones. These surgeries are usually completed in the hospital and most of the time patients are able to go home the same day.


When Should You Seek Emergency Care?

Sometimes, the impact of a facial trauma may call for urgent intervention. We recommend seeking urgent care if you fit any of the following criteria:

You have noticed a change in your bite or the way that you look
You have lost an adult tooth or have an adult tooth that is extremely loose.
Your face or jaw are significantly swollen.
You have a new loose tooth
You are experiencing a sudden sensation change in an area of your face

If you experience symptoms like these following facial trauma, we encourage you to contact our practice as soon as possible.


Seek Care for Facial Trauma in Mercer Island, WA

Facial trauma can lead to significant injury to the teeth or facial bones. Thankfully, experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons can help restore you to full health. Learn more about your surgical options by contacting our practice in Mercer Island, WA.