Dental Reconstructive Surgery in St. Catharines
Maxillofacial Surgery in St. Catharines
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries often refer to facial area lacerations that are either on the inside or the outside of a patient’s mouth. Sutures (stitches) are typically used to repair these types of injuries and most patients can expect a full recovery. However, special attention is required to ensure that scarring is minimized and that facial structures including nerves, salivary glands or ducts are not damaged and correctly repaired.
Facial bone injuries are handled in a similar manner to how fractures or breaks to other areas of the body are treated. Typically, this means immobilization so that the bone structure can heal correctly. Unfortunately, immobilizing a facial bone structure like the jaw is much more difficult than putting a cast or brace onto a fractured arm. A common treatment for a fractured or broken jaw is referred to as “rigid fixation” and requires the jaw to be wired together and immobilized so that it can heal properly.
Injuries to Teeth & Surrounding Dental Structures
The most common injuries we see are knocked-out, fractured or broken teeth, which luckily are treated fairly easily. A knocked-out tooth can often be re-inserted if the correct steps have been taken prior to visiting our office. If you’ve suffered a knocked-out tooth, immediately place the tooth in salt water or milk and then visit your dentist immediately. Do not wipe off the tooth because there may be vital ligaments still attached that are necessary for successful re-insertion.
Knocked out teeth, or other damage to teeth can also be repaired using one of the many types of dental implants. Dental implants are great at replacing missing teeth and restoring the proper function of your mouth.
No matter what type of accident you’ve had – it is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible so that treatment can begin immediately. Our Martindale Dental clinic offers dental reconstructive surgery in St. Catharines and we are experts when it comes to not only fixing the problem, but also taking care of your well-being during the treatment process.