What is Maxillofacial Trauma?
An injury to the face can cause more than aesthetic issues, it can cause a variety of oral concerns, such as the displacement of a tooth, cracked teeth, gum damage, and more. At Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Prabh Grewal and Dr. Arthur Kilkuts are here to help you and your family preserve oral health in a quick, efficient, and safe manner. Our talented team is well-versed in treating minor tooth damage or severe trauma, like a jaw fracture. Whether caused by an auto accident, fight, sports activity, a nasty fall, or something else, you can rest assured that your mouth is in good hands at Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center.
Why is treatment for maxillofacial trauma necessary?
Treatment for maxillofacial trauma is necessary in order to preserve the structures of the face, mouth, and jaw. It is also important to ensure there is no airway obstruction that can cause serious issues. With maxillofacial trauma treatments, the bone and tissues of the lower face and jaw can be carefully corrected to treat injuries and diseases that may exist.
"The staff at COSIC are super friendly and very nice. They are always professional and highly knowledgeable. I recently had a bone graft surgery and it’s still early but the procedure itself went well. They made the process of evaluation, scheduling and follow ups seamless. My dr is Dr. Prabh Grewal and he is phenomenal. He is very skilled and patient. He makes himself always available for questions and is very flexible with scheduling. He makes his patient care his top priority. I highly recommend this facility for all of your oral surgery needs."- M.H. / Google / Dec 02, 2021
"Dr. Grewahl and his entire staff were very professional, kind, and efficient in the entire treatment of my urgent oral surgery need while I was traveling and away from home. I really felt fortunate to land in the care of their team."- T.H. / Google / Nov 15, 2021
"Awesome ..fast.. great referral from Dr Ukani. Very nice and attentive ...professional and they got my husband in quick for his emergency."- D.A. / Google / Nov 15, 2021
"I must say this is the BEST dental office I have been into in my life. I was referred here by 4 different people. Walking in, I was in a great deal of pain with a horrible infection and swelling beyond belief. They took me in last minute and made the process so easy. From the sweet front office staff, to the nice lady who took my X-rays, and extremely knowledgeable and caring Dr. Grewal, all his staff during the surgery, and Eduardo for making sure I was taken care of after pre/post op. They all went above and beyond for me, making me feel so comfortable up until my surgery and after! Dr. Grewal even called me after surgery to check in on me, ensure me that that surgery went smoothly, and repeat aftercare instructions again. Thank you for helping me when I was in need. You all made the process exceptionally easy and painless during what could’ve been a very stressful and painful time in my life. Thank you for everything. I am actually looking forward to my follow up! And future things I have planned here. I appreciate you all so much."- H.P. / Google / Nov 15, 2021
"AMAZING surgeon! Did a fantastic job removing all 4 of my sons wisdom teeth. His medical background and knowledge is SUPER impressive! Plus he is an army veteran! I am literally shocked and wildly impressed by his experience while serving in the Army and when he completed his residency in Texas. Of all the oral surgeons I could have ever chosen for my child, I am so happy I chose this one."- C.B. / Google / Oct 22, 2021
What Can I Expect from Maxillofacial Trauma Surgery?
From knocked-out or damaged teeth, injured jawbones, wounded cheekbones, and more, our skilled oral surgeons employ cutting-edge tools and techniques to reconstruct bones, soft tissues, and nerves inside the mouth for restored oral function and aesthetic appearance. Your treatment will begin with an assessment of your injuries and a discussion of your medical history, medications, and any other health concerns before creating a personalized treatment plan. We may work alongside your general dentist or another specialist to ensure that you receive the comprehensive care you require. Your recovery will vary, depending on your specific injury and treatment; however, a member of our team will give you detailed instructions on caring for your mouth properly as you heal. If additional treatments are needed, we will make those appointments before you leave; otherwise, we will have you come in for a follow-up so we can remove any wires, sutures, or other stabilization devices and/or monitor your healing progress.
Maxillofacial Trauma FAQs
What procedures do oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform?
Our talented and experienced surgeons are capable of treating a variety of conditions and injuries by performing many different procedures. These include placing dental implants, repairing cracked, broken, or displaced teeth, gum damage, a fractured jaw, wounded cheekbones, nerve and soft tissue damage, wisdom tooth removal, and more.
How do I know if my injury is bad enough to see an oral surgeon?
For any serious injury, you should always seek professional care, especially if you lost consciousness. For serious facial injuries, you may have difficulty swallowing and speaking or notice a change in your appearance, eyesight, or breathing. Blurry or double vision and pain behind the eye can indicate a fracture of the cheekbone or eye socket. Pain or numbness along the jawline, loose teeth, or if your bite feels "off" you could have a broken jaw. No matter what the symptoms are, you should always seek help from a medical professional.
If my jaw is broken will it have to be wired shut?
Not always. Many fractures of the jaw are treated with small titanium plates and screws that immobilize the fracture until it heals. For the circumstances that require intermaxillary fixation (wiring the jaw shut), it's usually only necessary for one to two weeks.
Will I have a scar on my face after oral surgery?
We employ only the latest, most advanced surgical techniques. This means that most procedures can be done without skin incisions. By making our incisions inside the mouth or lower eyelid, they remain hidden. If the injury is serious enough to require skin incisions, we can make them in strategic locations along the hairline or under the jawline to keep them nearly unnoticeable. In addition, if there is any scarring, there are very effective aesthetic procedures that can significantly reduce the appearance of scars.
Treat Your Oral Trauma
Accidents and injuries can be devastating, and often, the last thing you want to worry about is finding the right oral surgeon to care for any mouth injuries. However, at Corona Oral Surgeon and Implant Center, your facial and oral structures can have their appearance, function, and health restored safely and efficiently. If, for some reason, you endure a trauma to your mouth, please contact our Corona, CA office as soon as you can. Our skilled team of board-certified oral surgeons can help you treat an injury, ranging from minor to severe, and can walk you through the steps of finding out if your insurance will cover your care. If you find yourself or a family member in need of oral trauma care, schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Arthur Kilkuts or Dr. Prabh Grewal, today.