Facial Trauma Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMSs) are experts in treating and repairing facialinjury and trauma, including fractures of the upper and lower jaws and the orbits surrounding the eyes, and facial lacerations.

What is facial trauma?

Facial trauma, also called maxillofacial trauma, is any physical trauma to the face.Facial trauma can involve soft tissue injuries such as burns, lacerations and bruises, or fractures of the facial bones such as nasal fractures and fractures of the jaw, as well as trauma such as eye injuries.

How long does it take for a facial fracture to heal?

How long it takes a facial fracture to heal will depend on the type and extent of fracture and what other problems and treatment you had. Bruising and swelling usually takes 2 to 3 weeks to settle down. At this point, you will begin to look more normal. After this time the body will continue to heal itself inside.

Can a facial fracture heal on its own?

A facial fracture may be left to heal on its own if your broken bone stays in itsnormal position. Severe fractures may need to be treated.

How do you know if you fractured your cheekbone?

There is a nerve that runs through the cheekbone that supplies feeling to the cheek, side of your nose and upper lip. This nerve may have been bruised at the time of the fracture and as a result you might already feel some tingling or numbness over yourface.

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