A Unique Discipline Only for Qualified Experts
As board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Coates and Dr. DeWitt are experts in treating and repairing facial injury and trauma—including facial lacerations, as well as fractures of the upper and lower jaws and the orbits surrounding the eyes. Their knowledge of how jaws come together (dental occlusion) is critical when repairing complex facial fractures.
Hospital Emergency Care
The American College of Surgeons’ guidelines for optimal care in Level I and II trauma centers—the centers that treat the most serious and complex facial trauma patients—recommend an oral and maxillofacial surgeon be included as a member of the centers’ trauma teams.
In Lafayette, Dr. Coates and Dr. DeWitt have full privileges at Franciscan Alliance Hospitals, and remain on-call with the emergency departments for consultation and care for severely injured patients.
Download a Maxillofacial Trauma eBook courtesy of the AAOMS.