A facial bone fracture can occur in any number of scenarios, such as a car accident, a physical attack, a sports injury and more. In some cases, you will see an emergency room physician who will be able to tell immediately through X-rays and a CT scan if you have suffered this injury.
Other times, you may not realize the extent of your injury until hours or even days later. You might find yourself wondering if you should see your doctor or if you should wait until the pain ebbs on its own and the injury heals.
Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore
If you have any of the key signs of a facial bone fracture listed below, don’t ignore them — see a doctor right away.
- Blurred vision
- Seeing spots
- Bruising around your eyes
- Inability to fit your teeth together properly
- Numbness in any area of the face
You could have an orbital fracture around your eyes; a nasoethmoid complex fracture involving the bone between your eyes; a maxillary fracture, which concerns the cheekbones and the middle of your face; or a mandibular fracture affecting the jaw.
Of all of the possible injuries to your face, a broken nose is the most common, but injuries to the mandibular bone are the second most common.
Surgical Treatment Options
If your injury warrants surgery, the most common method of repairing fractured facial bones is to wire the bones together, possibly using screws or plates to reposition and stabilize the bones.
If your bones have shattered as a result of the injury, doctors may use a bone graft to restore your original facial structure.
When a facial bone fracture occurs in the jaw region and affects tooth alignment, the surgeon’s ultimate goal is to reposition the jaw to limit dental problems in the future.
Doctors may use maxillomandibular fixation, a method of wiring the upper and lower teeth together, for as long as necessary until the jawbone has a chance to heal.
Stay Aware of Signs of Complications
When you have a facial bone fracture, certain complications can result, involving your spinal fluid, your brain and your breathing. If you are struggling to take a breath, have clear discharge leaking from your nose or lose consciousness at any time, do not hesitate to seek emergency medical care.
Also, any open wounds in which bone can be seen require emergency care immediately.
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