Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS) are the most experienced when it comes to treating facial injury and trauma. In fact, many of the standard techniques used in hospital emergency rooms today were developed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons serving in combat hospitals.

If you have a facial or mouth injury that requires an emergency room visit, you have the right to request an OMS consult. At Marshall Health, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon provides 24-hour service to the Cabell Huntington Hospital Emergency Room.

Common causes of maxillofacial trauma

  • Sports injuries – always wear protective headgear and mouth guards.
  • Car accidents
  • Falls
  • Work-related accidents
  • Violence and/or fighting

Types of facial injuries

  • Soft tissue injuries. Lacerations on the face and inside the mouth are repaired by suturing. In addition to the cosmetic result of the injury post treatment, special care is taken to ensure proper positioning of nerves, glands and ducts in order to avoid medical complications.
  • Tooth injuries. Teeth that have been knocked out, or avulsed, may be saved if you act quickly. If a tooth is knocked out, what do you do???? (Milk or Salt Water, or Rinse in Cool Water?)
  • Fractured or broken facial bones. This includes injuries to the cheek, nose or eye socket.
  • Fractured jaws. An injury to the upper or lower jaw is often treated with plates and screws to secure and stabilize the fracture. “Wiring of the jaw” may also be used if other methods are not effective in treating the injury.