Facial Trauma

Facial trauma, or maxillofacial, occurs when a person experiences an episode of physical trauma to the face. This can result of a soft tissue injury, such as burning or scarring, as well as fracture to the skeletal structure. Our doctors are some of the most experienced maxillofacial surgeons in the country. They will work with you to access your case and come up with an appropriate treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and gets you on the road to recovery.

Who Should Handle Your Facial Trauma Injury?

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 Gallatin Valley Surgical Arts, 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 Gallatin Valley are caused by:

  1. Car accidents.
  2. Assaults and domestic violence.
  3. Sports and recreation accidents.
  4. Knife and gunshot wounds.
  5. 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:

  1. Facial bone fractures (broken noses, broken orbital bones, broken cheekbones, broken jaws)
  2. Soft tissue damage and facial wounds.
  3. 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:

  1. How much experience do you have treating facial trauma?
  2. Have you had specialty training in the treatment of facial Injuries and their sequela?
  3. Does your education include medical as well as dental training?
  4. Do you treat facial trauma in a local hospital?
  5. How do you approach treating facial trauma patients?

Meet Our Facial Trauma Surgeons:

Brian R. Chisdak, MD, DMD and Clark O. Taylor, MD, DDS

At the Gallatin Valley Surgical Arts, our staff has been treating facial trauma patients since our doors opened, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Brian R. Chisdak and Dr. Clark O. Taylor have been treating patients with complex facial injuries for over three decades. As subspecialized surgeons with background training in both medicine and dentistry, they are committed to helping patients who have suffered injuries to the face and jaw, often in conjunction with other systemic concomitant injuries.

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Dr. Brian R. Chisdak, MD, DMD

has been treating patients with complex facial injuries in Montana for over 20 years and responds to emergency calls at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital in cases of facial trauma that need emergency attention.

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Dr. Clark O. Taylor, MD, DDS

has provided training to residents and fellows
from several academic centers in this highly
a specialized area of practice.

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Drs. Chisdak and Taylor work closely with other medical providers to render care for a wide range of traumatic injuries, from complex disruption of facial and jawbones to repair of soft tissue injuries. They use techniques designed to restore function with minimal scarring or residual deformity.

“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.”