Oral & maxillofacial surgeons treat fractures that involve the bone that supports the teeth (alveolus) and also are specialists in replacing “knocked out” or displaced teeth. These types of injuries involve some type of “splinting” or bonding teeth together to stabilize the involved teeth while they heal. A “knocked out” tooth should be placed in milk or dilute salt water until you get to the surgeon. Do not wipe off or attempt to clean the root surface as this disturbs the viable ligament that is still attached. Time is of the essence and you should seek treatment as soon as possible. In the event that the tooth cannot be saved, a dental implant can also be utilized to replace the missing tooth.
Dr. Foxson is highly trained to manage the treatment of facial injuries involving the mouth, face and jaws. There are a number of possible causes of facial injuries. Falls, car accidents, sports injuries, interpersonal violence and work place accidents account for many. Facial trauma can range from injuries to the teeth to extremely severe injuries to the skin and bones of the face. Many patients with facial injuries are first seen in the emergency room and then referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for further treatment.