Protecting your face, perhaps by raising your arm, is a reflex reaction when you feel threatened. You do this to protect the fragile bones that make up the face. Broken bones are common in the eye socket, lower jaw, or frontal bone. Facial injuries can easily result in complications because of the complexity of the bones. Trauma can often lead to multiple facial fractures as well as soft tissue injuries.
When Do Fractures Occur?
Injuries to the face are usually caused by sporting accidents or automobile collisions. Facial trauma usually results in fractures to the bones in the nose and/or the lower jaw bone, known as the mandibular. You may hear jaw fractures being called mandibular fractures. The mandibular is a common fracture because it extends from the face with little support. It’s also possible for fractures to occur in the upper jaw as well.
How Can I Know If My Jawbone Is Fractured?
You can tell if you have a jaw fracture because the fracture will show in two places; At the point of impact and roughly in the same location on the opposite side. If you experience trauma to the jaw you should have it checked over by a medical professional as soon as possible. The symptoms could be mild or severe and include pain, swelling, or perhaps difficulties with breathing or chewing. The potential risk to your breathing is the most critical reason for you to seek medical help if you suspect a fracture.
If you experience trauma to the jaw you should have it checked over by a medical professional as soon as possible
What Effect Will Facial Trauma Have On My Teeth
Your dental positioning will most likely be affected by a facial fracture because your jaw is the foundation for your teeth. It’s common to notice a little bite misalignment or malocclusion if you experience a fracture to the jaw. Normally your upper set of teeth will close slightly in front of the bottom set. However, even the slightest of fractures can result in the teeth closing in a different position. You may notice this when eating as there is a greater possibility of biting your cheeks. Missing or cracked teeth may also result from trauma to the face.
Even the slightest of fractures can result in the teeth closing in a different position
How Can An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Help?
Oral surgeons are expertly trained to resolve complications caused by facial fractures. Maxillofacial surgery is sometimes necessary to help heal bones that occur during facial injuries. They may need to use medical items such as screws, wires, metal plates, and rubber bands. It’s also possible to fit their patients with dental prosthetics such as dental implants. They will also help you to overcome any complications that could result from fractures such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Maxillofacial surgery is sometimes necessary to help heal bones that occur during facial injuries
If you need the help of a maxillofacial surgeon then you contact us at Benicia 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 Benicia, CA, and provides services to patients in the North Bay area.