Dr. Cullum has extensive experience treating:
Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
Facial and oral lacerations
Complex lacerations of the facial region
Knocked out (avulsed) teeth
Soft Tissue Injuries:
When soft-tissue injuries such as laceration occur over the face, they are treated with a delicate suturing technique. In complex injuries, incisions are created to develop tissue flaps to reduce scar visibility or obtain closure over a sever laceration.
Fractures of facial bones are treated in a manner similar to 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 applied to the face, treatment may involve wiring the jaws together. However, certain types of jaw fractures are best treated and stabilized by the surgical placement of small plates and screws. This technique is called rigid fixation and often allows for healing without having the jaws wired together.