A facial fracture is painful, regardless of the source of your injury. You need skilled care right away to assess the damage and make sure your bones begin healing correctly.
How Can You Tell if You Have a Facial Fracture?
Facial fracture injuries may include injuries of the eye socket, jawbone, nose and any of the bones in the face. If you have had trauma in the facial region, you should always be fully evaluated by medical professionals. Some of the main symptoms of a facial fracture include:
- Inability to move your eyes
- Pain when moving eyes
- Sunken eyes
- Swelling and bruising on the face
- Blurry or double vision
- Sunken or flattened cheek
If you exhibit any of these symptoms after facial trauma, don’t wait to visit the emergency room or your doctor’s office.
Your Surgeon’s Assessment and the Treatment Options
Diagnosing a facial fracture involves a range of tests to measure the extent of the damage to the tissues and bones. A CT scan may be used to take pictures of your head. Ultrasounds and X-rays may also be used.
Depending on the injury, further tests may be needed. For instance, tiny hairline fractures may be hard to spot with just one test. You may need to undergo multiple tests for the surgeon to grasp the full extent of your injury.
Once you’ve been diagnosed, the surgeon must recommend a course of treatment. Surgery may be needed to realign the bones properly so they will heal correctly. An open reduction and internal fixation is a procedure in which an oral and maxillofacial surgeon uses screws, plates and wires to bring your bones back together and stabilizes them throughout the healing process.
It’s possible you may need reconstructive surgery also. When areas of your face are affected by the injury, they may need to be reshapen.
The Healing Process
You can facilitate your own facial fracture healing process. First, make sure you keep applying ice to the area for 15 to 20 minutes every hour until the swelling has receded. Ice will also help reduce pain.
Elevate your head by sleeping with an extra pillow. Take your antibiotics as prescribed to ward off infection, especially if you’ve had surgery. Try not to sneeze or blow your nose. Do not sleep on the injured side of your face. Clean your mouth, but do so carefully so as not to aggravate the fracture.
Trust Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for focused, precise facial fracture care you can count on. Contact us today to set up an appointment.