Facial Trauma

An oral and maxillofacial specialist is thoroughly qualified to repair facial injuries. These professionals are well versed in emergency care, acute treatment, and long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation – not just for physical reasons, but for emotional ones as well. Injuries to the face, by their very nature, impart a high degree of emotional as well as physical trauma to patients. The science and art of treating these injuries requires special training involving a “hands on” experience and an understanding of how the treatment provided will influence the patient’s long-term function and appearance.

Dr. McFarlane and Dr. Ridenour meet and exceed these modern standards. They are trained, skilled, and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. They are on staff at local hospitals and deliver emergency room coverage for facial injuries, which include the following conditions:

The Nature of Maxillofacial Trauma

There are a number of possible causes of facial trauma, such as motor vehicle accidents, accidental falls, sports injuries, interpersonal violence, and work-related injuries. Types of facial injuries can range from injuries to teeth to extremely severe injuries to the skin and bones of the face. Typically, facial injuries are classified as either soft tissue injuries (skin and gums), bone injuries (fractures), or injuries to special regions (such as the eyes, facial nerves, or the salivary glands).

Soft Tissue Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region

When soft tissue injuries, such as lacerations, occur on the face they are repaired by suturing. In addition to the obvious concern of providing a repair that yields the best cosmetic result possible, care is taken to inspect for and treat injuries to structures such as facial nerves, salivary glands, and salivary ducts (or outflow channels). Drs. McFarlane and Ridenour are well-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons and are proficient at diagnosing and treating all types of facial lacerations.

Bone Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region

Fractures to the bones in the face are treated in a similar manner to fractures in other parts of the body. The specific form of treatment is determined by various factors, which include the location of the fracture, the severity of the fracture, and the age and general health of the patient. When an arm or leg is fractured a cast is often applied to stabilize the bone to allow for proper healing. Since a cast cannot be placed on the face, other means have been developed to stabilize facial fractures.

One of these options involves wiring the jaws together for certain fractures of the upper and/or lower jaw. 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 of treatment can often allow for healing and eliminates the necessity of having the jaws wired together. This technique is called “rigid fixation” of a fracture. The relatively recent development and use of rigid fixation has profoundly improved the recovery period for many patients, allowing them to return to normal function more quickly.

The treatment of facial fractures should be accomplished in a thorough and predictable manner. More importantly, the patient’s facial appearance should be minimally affected. An attempt at accessing the facial bones through the fewest incisions necessary is always made. At the same time, the incisions that become necessary are designed to be small and, whenever possible, are placed so that the resultant scar is hidden.

Injuries to the Teeth & Surrounding Dental Structures

Isolated injuries to teeth are quite common and may require the expertise of various dental specialists. Oral surgeons usually are involved in treating fractures in the supporting bone, or in replanting teeth that have been displaced or knocked out. These types of injuries are treated by one of a number of forms of splinting (stabilizing by wiring or bonding teeth together). If a tooth is knocked out it should be placed in salt water or milk. The sooner the tooth is re-inserted into the dental socket the better chance it will survive. Therefore, the patient should see a dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible. Never attempt to wipe the tooth off, since remnants of the ligament that hold the tooth in the jaw are attached and are vital to the success of replanting the tooth. 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.

The proper treatment of facial injuries is now the realm of specialists who are well versed in emergency care, acute treatment, long-term reconstruction, and rehabilitation of the patient.

Winnebago Oral Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 56 Facial Trauma reviews

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Everyone was really great from the front staff to the nurse to the doctor. I am very scared of the dentist and they were so gentle and kind, I didn’t feel I was judged at all for being scared. The doctor, Dr. Ridenour, explained everything before the procedure, he went over pros/cons of having a molar removed, he asked if I had any additional questions, he answered any concerns or questions I had. He was very personable and friendly. The nurses were gentle and kind as well. Everything went so great and smooth, I’m in no pain at all. I did choose to have the IV sedation and it all went so fast, I didn’t even realize we were done with the procedure. I really highly recommended this office and their staff. Thank you again for everything!

- Casey N

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Had an emergency they squeezed me in and I am so grateful that they did. They were great from start to finish !!!

- Jennifer R

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Would recommend this place. I had a wisdom tooth extracted with a large cavity. I only took 3 Advil and have no pain. I have one more extraction needed and will be back.

- Jeffrey C

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Thanks so much for all your help! Everyone was so helpful and kind!

- Elizabeth K

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Great experience!! No swelling! Very impressed!

- Harper W

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Great job by Dr. McFarlane and staff. Everyone was very friendly and helpful!

- Gary Z

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My husband Steve was the patient for a wisdom tooth extraction last month. We were both very impressed with the staff and Dr. Ridenour. Both visits went so smoothly. The staff was courteous and so friendly. They were able to get us in earlier for the extraction appointment, which was so appreciated. We would highly recommend this office to anyone that is in need of an Oral Surgeon. Thank you!

- Carol G

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If you need a tooth extracted come here! If I could give more stars I would!!

- Liz K

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I was pleased that the procedure went so well and quickly.

- Joan B

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Over the 4th of July Holiday weekend with Monday off, I off course fell to extreme pain starting on Friday night of the weekend. I called Winnebago Oral Surgery immediately Tuesday at opening hour and at 9:15 I was in the office chair getting prepped for emergency extraction; and on my way home in an hour. From the staff answering my desperate call, to the assistant and Dr. Ridenour; my experience was beyond amazing. EVERYONE was wonderful. Dr. Ridenour was so kind, caring, kind hearted with my procedure and billing; by this day my pain was excruciating and I just wanted the pain to go away. I HIGHLY recommend Winnebago Oral Surgery, they were all beyond amazing.

- Mary Kay B

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I am so thankful that I found you! Dr. Ridenour and his assistant (Lynn) were so patient with me. I was so nervous because the pain in my tooth would not go away. It came out in seconds and I had no further problems. So, all of the anxiety I had was for naught. Thank you so much!

- Kathryn A

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This was my second trip to the Fond du Lac office and Dr. McFarlane was awesome. No post surgery pain and after the 2nd day, it was like I never had any surgery at all. The entire experience. from the receptionist to the procedure was great. Keep up the good work. and thanks.

- Steven H

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Nice work

- Michael T

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Great facility and staff.

- Jenny G

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Great experience!!! Unbelievable.

- Donald A

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Went well! Didn't even know the tooth was out.

- Terry K

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Dr McFarlane placed a dental implant for me, the finished product is great, easy to clean and care for.

- Tracy P

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Had a wonderful experience. Dr Ridenour was very compassionate and understanding, made me feel at ease about coming to dentist. Natalie and Maegin were great assistants.

- Stacy W

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Favorable experience!

- Sharon D

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I had a frenectomy done by Dr ridenour and he did a wonderful job explaining what he was doing. The assistants helped ease my mind as well!

- Anonymous

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