Our face is our organ of identity: it is the focal point of our person, and the part of us that makes us look like who we are. When our face is injured in any way, we don’t just want to feel better and avoid complications, we also want to preserve who we are and how we appear.
At the Surgical Arts Centre, our team of surgeons and medical professionals are committed to helping those who have suffered facial trauma, with healing wounds and stopping pain as well as making certain our patients look and feel as much like themselves as possible when they have recovered.
Recovering From Facial Trauma With The Right Surgeon
Facial trauma can happen in a variety of ways–and it can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. The most common types of facial trauma we see in Missoula is caused by:
- Car accidents.
- Assaults and domestic violence.
- Sports and recreation accidents.
- Knife and gunshot wounds.
- On-the-job accidents and industrial accidents.
These accidents can lead to a number of injuries. Some of the most serious injuries can involve the face, head, mouth, and neck. These injuries commonly include:
- Facial bone fractures (broken noses, broken orbital bones, broken cheek bones, broken jaws)
- Soft tissue damage and facial wounds.
- Broken teeth and missing teeth.
After your initial visit to the emergency room, your facial trauma injury may require further treatment, such as corrective surgery, wound repair, dental implant surgery, or cosmetic/reconstructive surgery. How can you find the right doctor? While looking for a medical professional to help you, be sure to ask the following questions:
- How much experience do you have treating facial trauma?
- Have you had specialty training in the treatment of facial Injuries and their sequela?
- Does your education include medical as well as dental training?
- Do you treat facial trauma in a local hospital?
- How do you approach treating facial trauma patients?
Meet Facial Trauma Surgeon Clark O. Taylor, MD, DDS
At the Surgical Arts Centre, our staff has been treating facial trauma patients since our doors opened, and our oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Clark O. Taylor, has been treating patients with complex facial injuries for his entire three decades of practice. During this time, he has provided training to residents and fellows from several academic centers in this highly specialized area of practice.
As a subspecialized surgeon with background training in both medicine and dentistry, Dr. Taylor is committed to helping patients who have suffered injuries to the face and jaw, often in conjunction with other systemic concomitant injuries. Dr. Taylor works closely with other medical providers to render care for a wide range of traumatic injuries, from complex disruption of facial and jaw bones to repair of soft tissue injuries. He uses techniques designed to restore function with minimal scarring or residual deformity.
Dr. Taylor is specially trained in the evaluation of complex facial injuries, and responds to emergency calls at both Community Medical Center and Providence St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula in cases of facial trauma that need emergency attention. Dr. Taylor also functions as a consultant at Eisenhower Medical Center, and Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs, CA, where he provides care for acute facial injuries, and reconstruction of post-traumatic deformities on an interim basis.
“Emotionally, facial injuries are among the most difficult injuries I treat because there has been a fair degree of emotional trauma,” said Dr. Taylor. “People are very frightened by the prospect that they will never look normal again. So, it is a highly specialized area and a highly sensitive area. With our help, the vast majority return to a condition that is as close as possible to their pre-injury appearance and function..”
Contact the Surgical Arts Centre Today For More Information
When you suffer an injury that affects your face, mouth, teeth, and/or jaw, it is vital to get the care you need as soon as possible and from an experienced surgeon who specializes in these areas. If you or your loved one have suffered an injury and need a first or second opinion on a course of action, we invite you ask our team questions, learn more about our medical services, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Taylor.
Please fill out our contact form or call us today at (406) 549-6600.