Facial Trauma

Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants – Grand Rapids & Rockford MI

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. Van Heukelom or Dr. Noordhoek meets and exceeds 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:

  • Facial lacerations
  • Intraoral lacerations
  • Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
  • Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
  • Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)

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).


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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. Van Heukelom or Noordhoek is a well-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon and is 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.

Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

5 out of 5 stars based on 103 Facial Trauma reviews

Patient Review By Selma R

I was very pleased with my visit.

- Selma R

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Patient Review By Pamela O

Dr. Noordhoek made having an extraction (#31 way in the back) almost a pleasant experience. She's patient, efficient, friendly, attentive and highly skilled. I recommend her without reservation.

- Pamela O

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Patient Review By Julie O

I would recommend this office to anyone, I have never had a billing issue or an uncomfortable visit.

- Julie O

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Patient Review By Cheryl C

Special thanks to Daina for her support and Dr. Panic for the comfort and ease of my dental procedures. The entire staff was friendly and highly professional and I would recommend this office for everyone in need of these dental services.

- Cheryl C

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Patient Review By Jane L

It took me 2 referrals to get to this point, beginning with my own dentist, then for a possible root canal which couldn't be done..then to Oral Surgery. I am still in the healing process, but after discomfort and bleeding issues the first day, I am following my instructions and doing great. My husband called the afternoon of the procedure because I couldn't get the bleeding to stop, using the gauze pads I'd been given. My husband left a message but we received a call back in a very short time. The old tea bag trick worked, interesting because we had both heard of that but didn't think of it. We appreciate the followup and would certainly recommend Center for Oral Surgery to our friends and family. Thank you for your professionalism and caring attitude

- Jane L

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Patient Review By Thomas S

I was concerned about the procedure and the follow up and both Dr. Emily and the Staff were considerate and caring. They welcomed questions and clarifications and responded to my concerns. Very helpful!

- Thomas S

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Patient Review By Darlene B

I was very nervous about this extraction. I knew the tooth was cracked and there was some infection in the gum. But everyone was so nice. Tried to make me feel comfortable. Follow-up phone calls were so-o appreciated. Discharge instructions were very thorough and easy to understand. I am now not so nervous about having the implant put in.

- Darlene B

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Patient Review By Kyra D

Dr. Noordhoek and the staff were kind, friendly and helpful. Dr. Noordhoek did a great job with explaining everything to me about the procedure. Everything went very well and I will definitely recommend them to others.

- Kyra D

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Patient Review By Darren H

Very pleased! Thank you; my procedure could not have gone better (considering I had an infection). Heather & Dr. Billups were terrific!

- Darren H

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Patient Review By Carol B

So thankful. Was in and out in no time. Dr. Panek was efficient and friendly. I would recommend him.

- Carol B

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Patient Review By Dan S

What a wonderfully diverse and talented team of surgeons...and staff too! And they are every bit as friendly as indicated on the website. I live in Caledonia, but eagerly (yes, even for an extraction) drove to Plainfield and Five Mile for my two office visits. I had never been there or met anyone on the team before my visits, but I HIGHLY recommend them now!

- Dan S

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Patient Review By Elaine S

I saw Dr. Nooordhoek in Rockford and everyone was so nice. The procedure went really well. I would highly recommend Dr. Noordhoek.

- Elaine S

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Patient Review By Chadwick B

Dr. Panek performed wisdom teeth extractions for my wife and daughter, and he recently extracted the remains of a tooth for me and replaced it with an implant. We all have had a great experience with Dr. Panek! In each case, the procedure itself was painless and recovery time was short and without complications. Our experience with him and his staff was overwhelmingly positive!

- Chadwick B

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Patient Review By Kayla V

Dr. Noordhoek is an amazing doctor! Her personality is amazing. I was a bit nervous before my procedure, but as soon as she entered the room, I knew I would be alright. She is very calming and relaxing. My coworker said the exact same thing! The staff was also very nice, kind, and understanding. They treated me very well. I would not be afraid to return again. They are very welcoming and I could have not had a better experience. .

- Kayla V

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Patient Review By Annette V

Dr. Van Heukelom did a great job, my tooth was extracted before I knew it, a relaxing environment which really helped with my nerves, no swelling or bruising, minimal pain and bleeding, instructions were well written out and easy to understand. Dr. Van Heukelom and her team were awesome! Very impressed with the quality of care I received, I highly recommend going to The Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants.

- Annette V

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Patient Review By Annette B

I was in need of a tooth extraction so I called The Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants to set it up, the receptionist was friendly & helpful. I was asked which office I would prefer to go that would be closer for me, and got an appointment that worked with my schedule. The office is clean and inviting unlike other cold & impersonal doctor offices we (my husband & I) visited in the past. In-between the friendly staff and comfortable surroundings my nerves about the procedure subsided. Dr. Van Heukelom did a great job the tooth was extracted before I realized it. There was no swelling or bruising, and as a bonus I had minimal pain and bleeding afterwards. I was given the supplies needed to care for the area were the tooth was, instructions were all written out, easy to read and understand. Which was great, we didn’t have to stop at the pharmacy afterwards, we could go home and I could start recovering. I was surprised on the day after my procedure I received a call from the Center to see how I was doing (not many doctor offices call & check in) if I had any problems, questions or concerns. I was so impressed with the quality of care I received that I have referred a friend to have her wisdom teeth done here. I highly recommend The Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

- Annette B

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Patient Review By Donna H

Dr Roseanne is the best oral surgeon that I have ever been to. She was so kind and very professional and worked fast but carefully.She is the best!

- Donna H

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Patient Review By Ruth J

There is a lot of contact with staff and the physician. You are well taken care of before, during, and after the surgery. Before the surgery, there is a complete explanation of the procedure that is so reassuring. During surgery there is on-going communication with the patient about what is being done as well as how much time is left to complete the procedure. After surgery care is well-explained and you are encouraged to call their office with any questions or even if you need reassurance that any discomfort you may be feeling is normal or needs a follow-up. A letter is then received from the office two days after the surgery letting you know that your recovery is important to them along with numbers to call with any questions or concerns. I have never felt more taken care of. I highly recommend this office for any oral surgery needs. I've had two extractions and one implant at this office, and it's always as I've described. They care, and this is the only place I will go to have dental surgery.

- Ruth J

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Patient Review By James B

Great experience with Dr. Panek getting my wisdom teeth removed. In and out of the office pretty fast and had a smooth recovery. Would definitely recommend their office.

- James B

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Patient Review By Jeana H

Very friendly and professional team

- Jeana H

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Patient Review By Theresa T

The Rockford location staff were kind and courteous. Everyone I encounters were knowledgeable about the procedure and after care. The office was clean and tidy.

- Theresa T

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Patient Review By Russell D

The entire staff was fantastic. A lot of doctors offices you feel like a number but here they treated me like a person. Having teeth pulled is never fun but the people made it a great experience. The little things like asking the patient if they are ok and letting the patient know what's going on are big things for the patient and this office is exceptional at that. Everyone is great at answering questions and making sure that you understand what is about to happen.

- Russell D

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Patient Review By Lynn V

My dentist was going to send me to a different office for my procedure. I decided I was going here. After research and referrals. And I was glad I chose to go to the center for oral surgery and implants. I was very nervous getting my procedure done. Everyone there made me feel more comfortable. And I need to come back and I know it won't be a problem. They also checked up on me the following day after my procedure to see how I was doing. I definitely recommend center for oral surgery and implants and Dr. Panek. He definitely did a good job and knew what he was doing.

- Lynn V

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Patient Review By Renee G

This office is wonderful, from Dr Billups to the office staff!! Very friendly and kind!!

- Renee G

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Patient Review By Michael L

Overall the experience was simply good. The entire staff was thorough and pleasant handling there responsibilities .

- Michael L

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Patient Review By Steph H

I am beyond satisfied with my experience at Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants! Everything from scheduling my appointment to undergoing the procedure was pleasant. Dr. Palm and the entire staff were welcoming and knowledgeable. I visited the Rockford location and I highly recommend it!

- Steph H

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Patient Review By Michael W

Dr. Julie Billups was outstanding. The procedure was quick and absolutely painless. Thanks for everything!

- Michael W

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I had a great experience - I was anxious about the sedation but dr palm made me feel safe and comfortable. His staff were all great and nice.

- Anonymous

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Patient Review By Craig D

Great experience , top to bottom , great staff.

- Craig D

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Patient Review By Debra W

Very good with my daughter who was scared. They calmed her down, and made her feel comfortable. Thanks so much!

- Debra W

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Patient Review By Mecca Milton m

The time from walking in to the office to after the procedure was ery positive. All of the staff was friendly and the proceure was done quickly without a long wait

- Mecca Milton m

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Patient Review By James B

I could not believe how easy the whole extraction process was and how little time it took and only minor discomfort. The directions for post-extraction were easy to follow and easy to carry out. I had very little pain after the whole process and never did take any pain pills. Kudos to the whole staff!

- James B

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Patient Review By Patricia Y

Thank you so much for your wonderful care. I can't believe, no pain durning the extraction of my tooth. Very little pain that evening. No pain the next day. I am recommending you to everyone.

- Patricia Y

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Patient Review By Jill H

I have had numerous procedures done by the surgeons here and every experience has been exceptional. Highly recommend them!!

- Jill H

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Patient Review By Deb C

Great office staff! They were kind and courteous! Dr. Emily Van Heukelom was incredibly thorough, patient and kind! Brief consultation time was very efficient, including review of x-rays and explanations of possible complications and what to look for. Will definitely recommend this office to family and friends! Thank you!

- Deb C

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Patient Review By Erin W

Thank you

- Erin W

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Patient Review By Patricia W

I was very happy with the care and would tell family and friends to go there . Thank all of you for the wonderful care.

- Patricia W

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Patient Review By emma j

As always everyone here is great!

- emma j

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Patient Review By trisha h

Very caring and patient.

- trisha h

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Patient Review By maureen m m

Evrything went welll. Wish indurance info had been communicated sooner

- maureen m m

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Patient Review By anna h

They did a good job. She doesnt remember anything from the procedure. 🙂

- anna h

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Patient Review By Aileen B

Thank you so much for your extra special care of Devin. His experience was great.

- Aileen B

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Patient Review By andre C

Very pleasnant easy experience considering the procedure . I was expecting a lot more pain and discomfort . Pleasantly surprised of how smootheverything went

- andre C

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Patient Review By scott H

Very good

- scott H

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Patient Review By sonja s

They made me feel comfortable and pain free! It was fast and done in a timely matter and my mouth was handle with care!

- sonja s

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Patient Review By Steven V

The procedure was quick relatively painless

- Steven V

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Patient Review By mike D

Nice people very helpful

- mike D

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Patient Review By Tina H

Very friendly and helpful.

- Tina H

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Patient Review By Richard P

Didn't hurt a bit.

- Richard P

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