You may have noticed how protective you are of your face, perhaps raising your arm as a reflex reaction. That’s because your face is made up of very fragile bones. Broken bones can easily occur in the eye socket, lower jaw, or frontal bone. Due to the complexity of the bones, facial injuries can easily result in complications. It’s not uncommon to experience multiple facial fractures as well as soft tissue injuries.
When Do Facial Fractures Occur?
Injuries to the face are usually caused by accidents in sports or automobiles. Facial trauma can include fractures to the bones in the nose and/or the lower jaw bone, known as the mandibular. Hence jaw fractures are also known as mandibular fractures. The mandibular is likely to break in falls because it extends from the face and has less support. . Fractures can also occur in the upper jaw as well.
How Can I Know If My Jawbone Is Fractured?
Those that suffer from a jaw fracture will usually see the fracture in two places. At the point of impact and more or less in the same location on the opposite side. It’s very important to get the trauma checked over by a medical professional as soon as possible. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and could include pain, swelling as well as functional difficulties such as breathing or chewing. The possible risk to your breathing is the most important reason that you should seek medical help if you suspect a fracture.
What Effect Will Facial Trauma Have On My Teeth
Your dental health will likely be affected by a facial fracture because your jaw is the foundation of your teeth. A fracture to the jaw will often result in bite misalignment or malocclusion. Your upper set of teeth should close slightly in front of the bottom set. However, the slightest of fractures can cause the teeth to come together in a different position and there is a possibility you will bite the inside of your cheeks more. Trauma to the face can also result in missing or cracked teeth.
How Can An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Help?
Oral surgeons are fully equipped to resolve issues caused by facial fractures. Maxillofacial surgery may be needed to help heal bones that occur during facial injuries. In some cases, it is necessary to use medical items such as screws, wires, metal plates, and rubber bands. They can also fit their patients with dental prosthetics such as dental implants. You can also receive help to overcome any complications that commonly result from fractures such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
If you need the help of a maxillofacial surgeon then you contact us at Stanislaus Oral Surgery. Their surgeons are expertly trained to treat facial fractures. Also if you have missing teeth due to trauma then they can fit dental implants. Their office is located in Modesto, CA, in Stanislaus County and provides service to patients in the surrounding area.