Oral surgeons gain extensive experience in the treatment of facial trauma during their residency training. This includes the treatment of both the bony structures of the face and the soft tissues.
Understanding how the upper and lower jaws fit together with the individual teeth makes your oral surgeon especially well fitted for repairing fractures of the upper and lower jaws and the bone that supports the teeth.
Some mild facial trauma such as non-displaced fractures of the jaws or fractures of the tooth supporting bone can often be treated in the office with either local or IV sedation as an option.
However, many times facial trauma will require surgical treatment in an operating room setting in the hospital. Most oral surgeons will have admitting privileges at the local hospital – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in our case -– and privileges to perform core oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures in the operating room.