Dr. Cullum, as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. Dr. Cullum is on staff at Kootenai Medical Center and provides emergency room coverage for facial injuries including:
- Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
- Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
- Facial and Oral lacerations
- Complex lacerations of the facial region
- “Knocked out” (Avulsed) teeth
Injuries to the face, by their very nature, impart a high degree of emotional and physical trauma to patients. We are here to guide you
Soft Tissue Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region
When soft tissue injuries such as lacerations occur on the face, they are repaired by “fine (plastic) suturing.” In complex injuries, specially designed incisions are created to develop tissue flaps for rearrangement to “hide” scars or obtain closure over a severe defect.. Dr. Cullum has extensive training and experience in Maxillofacial Trauma and Plastic techniques and is proficient in diagnosis and treatment of facial lacerations.
Bone Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region
Fractures of the bones of the face are treated in a manner similar to the fractures in other parts of the body. The specific form of treatment is determined by various factors. When an arm or a leg is fractured, a “cast” is often applied to stabilize the bone and allow for proper healing. Since a cast cannot be placed on the face, treatment may involve wiring the jaws together. However, certain 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 is called “rigid fixation” and often allows for healing without having the jaws wired together. The development and use of “rigid fixation” has profoundly improved the recovery for many patients by allowing them to open and return to normal function more quickly.