Our experienced oral maxillofacial surgeons are extremely well qualified to help patients who have suffered facial trauma and where they have sustained facial injuries.
Often, injuries to the face can impart emotional as well as physical trauma, requiring skilled treatment to help restore the patient’s appearance and function. Our team is very experienced in addressing facial trauma, providing a compassionate, caring environment in which patients can receive treatment, heal and recover as comfortably as possible.
A range of different reasons may result in facial trauma, but the injury can often be very painful. Facial injuries can affect the skin and bones of the face or may injure teeth. It is essential to treat facial injuries as soon as possible to help minimise pain and to ensure the patient heals correctly. Treating these injuries helps prevent sunken cheekbones and sunken eyes and ensures the patient can breathe normally.
Sometimes a fracture to the facial bones will need time to heal before surgery to repair the injury can take place. Where bones can heal without surgery, our oral maxillofacial surgeons will still closely monitor the patient, facilitating a more effective recovery.
Some of the most common facial trauma injuries we see include broken eye sockets and cheekbones and broken jaws.
The cheekbone forms part of the eye socket, so if a cheekbone is injured, it can often affect the eye socket and vice versa. Trauma can occur because of an accident or fall, but sometimes these bones become fractured because of disease or are damaged due to infection.
The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, usually by making one or more small incisions near the hairline, so they are not visible after healing. Alternatively, our oral surgeon may make incisions in the mouth. Sometimes small titanium plates and screws are necessary to hold the broken eye socket and cheekbone in place.
The recommended treatment for a broken jaw can vary considerably depending on the degree of injury. However, even if there is only a minor fracture, it is still important to manage it correctly. When surgery is needed, it is carried out under general anaesthetic, and an incision is made inside the mouth to treat the break or fracture. A broken jaw may be held together with titanium plates and screws. Sometimes it is necessary to use elastic bands that help guide the jaw into position after surgery and which are attached to temporary braces or metal wires.