When patients go through any type of facial trauma, also called maxillofacial injuries, they experience an injury to their mouth, face, or jaw. Most facial injuries result from sports events, auto accidents, on-the job accidents, home-related accidents, or acts of violence. Regardless of how the injuries have occurred, they must be treated seriously, as the facial area is important for breathing, swallowing, eating, speaking, and seeing.
The professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants are experienced in working with local hospitals and emergency rooms to treat facial injuries. They are specially trained and uniquely qualified to manage and repair injuries to the mouth, face, and jaws.
Drs. Omlie, Haas, Gulbrandsen, Tidstrom, Stich, Kurtzman, Pearson, Sundick, Neuner, and McMahon recommend taking precautions to avoid any type of facial trauma, particularly when it comes to participating in sports and travel. They recommend using mouth guards and the appropriate masks and helmets for anyone who takes part in athletics at any level.
If a facial injury occurs and requires medical attention, be sure to request that the emergency room physicians enlist the consultation of your oral and maxillofacial specialist. They are the experts in this area who are best trained to treat any time of facial injuries. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants will manage not only the emergency situation, but also provide acute treatment, long-term reconstruction, and patient rehabilitation when needed.
Your mouth is an area where you can see changes easily. The experts at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants recommend everybody perform an oral cancer self-exam each month. If your risk of having oral cancer is increased due to smoking, consuming alcohol, or using smokeless tobacco, you should ask your dentist for an annual examination.
When you perform your monthly exam, examine your mouth with a bright light and a mirror.
- Remove dentures.
- Examine the inside of the lips and the front of the gums by looking and feeling.
- Examine the roof of your mouth.
- Look inside the cheeks and the back of the gums.
- Pull out of your tongue and examine all of its surfaces.
- Feel for lumps in both sides of your neck, including under the jaw.
- White or red patches
- Sores that bleed easily and do not heal
- Abnormal lumps or thickened mouth tissues
- Chronic sore throat or hoarsness
- Difficult chewing or swallowing
- Lumps on the neck
Early diagnosis and treatment makes a significant difference in your results. If you have any of these symptoms, contact the specialists at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants right away. Our professionals will perform a clinical exam and diagnose any problems. If a treatment plan is needed, Drs. Omlie, Haas, Gulbrandsen, Tidstrom, Stich, Kurtzman, Pearson, Sundick, Neuner, and McMahon are well-trained and will walk you through all the expectations as we move forward together.
Like wisdom teeth, canine teeth sometimes have trouble erupting. Also called cuspids or eye teeth, they are usually the last teeth to erupt. If the mouth has overcrowding or abnormal tissue growths, the eruption of canine teeth can cause trouble. Located at the front of the jaw, they are visible and can be very painful if they become impacted. They play an important role in biting and require care if they are impacted.
Treatment for impacted canines is easier the sooner the problem is identified. If the canines will not erupt naturally, your orthodontist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon will collaborate to determine the best solution for you. The specialists at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants recognize that each patient is different, and will communicate the treatment plan and explain patient expectations on an individual basis.
At Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants, we invest in cutting-edge technologies and the latest techniques to best serve our patients. One of these newer services we provide is called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood that transports red and white blood cells and platelets through the blood vessels. It comes from the patient’s own blood and is injected into their surgical sites as a way to let the body increase the speed of healing itself.
Platelet-rich plasma is safe, convenient, cost effective, easy, and found to promote faster healing.
Drs. Omlie, Haas, Gulbrandsen, Tidstrom, Stich, Kurtzman, Pearson, Sundick, Neuner, and McMahon use PRP in numerous clinical applications, including:
- Bone grafting for dental implants
- Bone defect repair
- Fistula repair between the sinus cavity and the mouth
Although most insurance companies do not cover PRP therapy, research studies indicate that about 70% of patients receiving PRP therapy show improvement. It’s worth the consideration to check with any of our surgeons to see if PRP is the right fit for your needs.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are common problems with the jaw. This small jaw joint is complex, often causing earaches, headaches, decreased ability to open the mouth, pain when opening and closing, or clicking noises. When TMJ symptoms occur, you should contact Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants to set up an exam and consultation.
Drs. Omlie, Haas, Gulbrandsen, Tidstrom, Stich, Kurtzman, Pearson, Sundick, Neuner, and McMahon are experienced in identifying the cause and diagnosing your situation. They will work with you to develop a treatment plan, which could include self care, splints, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxants, steroid injections, surgery, or a combination of treatments.
Through every step of your treatment and recovery, our surgeons will work closely with you to ensure the best possible care.