Fractures in the facial area are common. But just because they’re common doesn’t keep them from being scary and painful. When you have a facial fracture, it’s important to find the best oral and maxillofacial surgeons possible. The team at Estudillo Oral Surgery located in San Leandro, California, treats facial fractures with the utmost care leveraging the latest surgical techniques if necessary. Call the team to make an appointment or book using the easy-to-use online tool.
What are common causes of facial fractures?
Facial fractures can occur due to any impact to the face, neck, or head. High impact sports like football, boxing, baseball, or basketball are often a cause for fractures, but there are a number of other reasons too, including:
- Car accidents
- Face first falls or falls that involve your head
- Workplace injuries
- Physical battery
If you’ve received an impact to your head keep an eye out for certain signs that you might have sustained a fracture. Some of the symptoms might include:
- Discoloration around the eyes or difficulty moving your eyes
- Blockage in the nostrils
- Trouble chewing or speaking
- Broken or missing teeth
If you think you may have a fracture call Estudillo Oral Surgery immediately.
Will I need surgery for my facial fracture?
It depends on the severity of your fracture and your location. Some jaw fractures need to be wired shut for immobilization, while other times surgical plates and screws might be necessary. The team at Estudillo Oral Surgery are experts in the surgical treatment of fractures in the jaw, cheeks, and the bones surrounding the eyes.
What is the recovery period like for facial fractures?
Recovery depends on the location and severity of the fracture. It also depends on when treatment begins. If treatment starts soon after the injury, it can significantly reduce your recovery time. Sometimes surgery for facial fractures is an outpatient procedure, while other times you might have to stay in the hospital overnight. The swelling and bruising will usually subside after 2 -3 weeks. At this point your appearance will have returned to normal. However, your fracture will need more time to heal and you may need to wait for a further 6 to 8 weeks before you can return to an activity which could put you at risk of further injury. Your surgeon will explain what your recovery will be like before your procedure begins.
After your surgery, you’ll have routine appointments with the Estudillo Oral Surgery team to make sure your recovery is progressing as it should.
Facial fractures are a serious medical issue. If you suspect a fracture call the office immediately or book an appointment online.
Which facial fracture is most common?
There are many bones that make up the facial skeleton. The frontal bone, known as the forehead, zygomas, that we usually call cheekbones, orbital bones, or the eye sockets, nasal bones, and the jawbones which also are known as maxillary (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) bones. The most common facial fracture occurs in the nasal bones. There are two thin nasal bones that make up the structure of the nose. Because these are the most prominent bones and the fact that they are fragile makes it most likely that these will break during facial trauma.
How long will it take for sensation to return after a facial injury?
Many small nerves pass through channels in facial bones and spread through the skin in the face. These are responsible for sensations such as heat, touch, and pain. After a facial injury, the bones and skin are likely to be bruised and swollen. It may take many weeks or months for the numbness to go away after a facial injury. In some cases, only a partial or no recovery occurs.
Can facial fractures heal on their own?
While some fractures are relatively minor, others, if left, could result in irreversible damage or even be life-threatening. So it’s never a good idea just to leave the fracture and hope for the best. The facial structure is very complex and fractures could damage nerves that are responsible for vision or smell. Damage to the jawbones could result in difficulties breathing, chewing, speaking, or swallowing. Because the face is close to the brain and central nervous system (CNS), there is also a very real danger of damaging those cranial nerves.