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Facial Trauma

Dr. Wallace provides a number of services related to;

  • Facial lacerations
  • Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
  • Intra oral lacerations
  • Tooth injuries

What can I expect through the course of my treatment?

The treatment of these injuries is typically completed on an emergency basis whether in an Emergency Room while Dr. Wallace is on call at the Hospital, or during regular hours directly in our office. Post-operative care is offered on an as-needed basis depending on the nature and extent of your injury.

  • Facial Lacerations.
    Soft tissue injuries are typically repaired through suturing,  or sewing. A great deal of consideration is put into  delivering the best cosmetic results, as well as reducing destruction to any important nerves, glands or ducts.
  • Fractured / Broken Jaws.
    Treatment can involve the wiring of  your jaw, however, certain other types of fractures of the jaw are best treated and stabilized by the surgical placement of small “plates and screws” at the involved site. This technique, called rigid fixation,  allows for healing and eliminates the necessity of having the jaws wired together.
  • Tooth Injuries.
    Oral surgeons are typically involved in treating fractures to supporting bone or in the replanting of teeth that have been displaced or knocked out on an emergency basis. Other dental specialists may be called upon such as Endodontists, who may be asked to perform root canal therapy, and/or restorative dentists who may need to repair or rebuild fractured teeth. In the event that injured teeth cannot be saved or repaired, dental implants are often now utilized as replacements for missing teeth.

Where will my surgery take place?

The majority of these surgeries will take place in the hospital on an Emergency basis as the result of an injury. Depending on the nature of the injuries and where treatment takes place these injuries may or may not be covered by provincial health insurance (OHIP).