Our Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists Treat Facial Trauma
Facial trauma (also called maxillofacial trauma), is defined as any injury to the top of the jaw and face. These injuries can range in location and severity from the skin and bones to the teeth, orbital socket, and beyond. While facial trauma itself is a rare occurrence, it’s important to keep in mind that the nasal bones, soft tissues, and surrounding cartilage are all vulnerable to injury. Incidents such as falls, sports injuries, and car accidents can lead to facial injuries and a range of symptoms, including bruising, swelling, and bleeding.
Based on the type and severity of your injury, recovery can take a couple of weeks or may require surgical intervention. Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat can assess the extent of your injuries and create a plan to optimize healing and comfort.
Types of Facial Trauma
- Soft-tissue injuries — Comprising the outer layer of the face, the soft tissues are vulnerable to injuries such as lacerations. A soft-tissue injury may impact ducts, glands, and nerves across the facial structure, requiring close monitoring by a medical professional.
- Injuries to the teeth — One common facial injury results from an impact with the teeth. In these cases, a tooth may fracture or crack, requiring immediate medical assistance to save the tooth and prevent future complications.
- Bone injuries — The most common type of facial fracture is a nasal fracture, but can also include breaks in the jaw and orbital socket. Based on the severity and location of the fracture, your ENT doctor will create a plan to deliver effective treatment in a minimally invasive manner, to promote healing and protect your appearance.
Facial Trauma in Children
While facial injuries can be distressful and disruptive for adults, the same trauma in children can be even more impactful. This is due to the fact that the face of a child is not fully formed, and will continue to grow into adulthood. A doctor will need to provide the right repairs at the right time to promote the best healing and allow for proper growth. Major facial trauma in childhood can lead to permanent disfigurement, making it a top priority for your child’s ENT doctor to address the injury and help your child as they grow to foster the most favorable outcome.
Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat Offers Treatment
Alpine ENT in Loveland and Fort Collins consists of experienced allergists, audiologists, and therapists. We offer general ear, nose, and throat services, as well as facial plastics and reconstructive surgery. When it comes to common injuries such as broken noses, our specialists can provide a full range of services to minimize discomfort and permanent damages.
Facial Trauma Diagnosis
In order to receive the right level of treatment, you will need to undergo an assessment of your injuries. Modern technology enables ear, nose, and throat specialists to take a clear look inside your face and pinpoint areas of damage or possible concern. X-rays and CT scans are available to accurately diagnose facial trauma, giving your ENT doctor a clear look at the situation.
Based on the type and extent of the injury, as well as its age, your physician will offer a treatment plan and explain the process so that you can focus on recovery and getting back to living your life as normally as possible.
Facial injuries are more challenging in that a cast cannot be used for immobilization. In the event of a jaw injury, your ENT doctor may place small plates and screws at the site to promote stability and healing. In more severe cases, the upper and lower jaw bones may need to be wired together.
Find Relief With Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat
The goal of our ear, nose, and throat clinic is to support the best healing through precise and predictable treatments. Our ENT doctors will develop a plan to address your facial trauma with as few incisions and adjustments as possible to minimally affect your appearance.
Alpine ENT offers services to address a range of patient needs, from ear aches and nosebleeds to skin cancer, tinnitus, and more. Our ENT doctors in Loveland, Fort Collins, and Cheyenne are dedicated to delivering the right care in a safe and effective manner. Contact us online or fill out the form below, and a member of our team will be in touch.