Most common facial injuries

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Believe it or not, every year just north of 3 million Americans end up going to the ER to be treated for injuries to their face, with many of them suffering significant facial trauma.

And that’s not even factoring in the fact that 5 million teeth are knocked out of people’s smiles every year, either!

Those in the dental health profession understand just how prevalent these kinds of injuries can be, but most Americans aren’t even thinking about them – or how to rebuild and recover from a facial injury – until it happens to them or someone they care about.

Here are some important details you’ll want to know about the most common types of facial injuries and how California Oral and Facial Surgery can help you rebuild your smile should you experience these kinds of issues personally.

Some of the Most Common Types of Facial Injuries

Knocked-Out Teeth

As we touched on a little bit earlier, each and every year, just north of 5 million teeth are knocked right out of people’s mouths in the United States. Sports accidents, car crashes, and household accidents are just some of the most common causes of this facial trauma.

Thankfully though, in most circumstances you will be able to save a tooth that has been knocked out. You’ll want to gather the tooth in question quickly (trying your best not to touch the root), and then tuck it into your mouth – between your cheeks and your gums – to keep it moist.

Contact the experts at California Oral and Facial Surgery ASAP and let them know that you’re coming in for emergency work and they’ll find a way to fit you in and save your smile.

Broken Bones

A broken jaw is the 10th most common bone to be broken in the human body, with broken noses ranking right up there as well.

While there are multitudes of different levels of a broken jaw and a broken nose (including stress fractures, compound fractures, etc.) the overwhelming majority of instances will include damage to just one side of your jaw or nose and not the other.

You’ll want to work with the best professional oral and maxillofacial surgeons to rebuild your jaw (like the ones employed here at California Oral and Facial Surgery). A broken nose will require immediate medical attention from an ER or your primary care physician.

Here’s What You Should Do If You Have a Facial Injury

If you’ve been involved in a serious accident it’s absolutely critical that you contact emergency medical services ASAP.

You never want to take risks when you have been involved in these kinds of serious and sometimes life-threatening accidents, and it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.

On the other hand, if all you’re dealing with is a tooth that has been knocked out (or some other minor form of facial trauma involving your smile) it’s not a bad idea to reach out to our experts here at California Oral and Facial Surgery to schedule an appointment – emergency or otherwise – to see firsthand how we can help you heal moving forward.

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