Efficient, Effective Treatment of Facial Fractures

Tampa Oral Surgeon Dr. Renato Aves can provide prompt, successful treatment of facial fractures at our convenient Tampa or Lakeland, FL oral surgery practice. Any of the 14 bones in the human face can be broken. Unfortunately, facial trauma is quite common. Given the important tissues and structures in the face, you should seek attention for any facial injury immediately. Repairing cracked or shattered bones as quickly as possible can help you maintain the appearance and function of your face. If you suffer from a facial fracture, Dr. Aves can see you for an emergency appointment to assess your condition, make a diagnosis, recommend appropriate treatment, and perform any necessary procedures. Contact the Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery and Dental Implants today to learn more about treatment of fractures and to schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Aves.

Common Causes of Facial Fractures

Any significant force to the face can cause one or more bones to break. The most common causes of facial fractures include:

  • Car, bus, or motorcycle accidents such as high-impact collisions
  • Sports injuries (especially blows to the face from balls, bats, or other pieces of equipment)
  • Falls
  • Occupational injuries
  • Assault (including stabbings and gunshot wounds)

Facial fractures most often occur in the jaw, cheekbones, palate, nose, or eye sockets. If you for any reason experience facial trauma in one or more of these locations, contact our office immediately for an emergency appointment.

Symptoms of Facial Fractures

Patients with facial fractures experience a wide variety of symptoms, which can include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Discomfort
  • Tenderness or sensitivity
  • Numbness
  • Structural abnormalities or deformities
  • Unusual nasal discharge or nosebleeds
  • Malocclusion (misaligned bite)
  • Respiratory issues
  • Flattened cheeks
  • Protrusion of bones through skin
  • Visual disturbances or changes such as dyplopia (double vision), blurred eyesight, or light sensitivity
  • Difficulty moving the facial muscles (particularly the jaw)
  • Dislocation of facial joints (this most often occurs in the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, which stretches from the temple to the lower jaw and acts as a hinge for the mouth)
  • Trouble eating or speaking
  • Difficulty sleeping

Diagnosing Facial Fractures

To determine if you suffer from a facial fracture, Dr. Aves will examine your face, discuss your symptoms with you, and perform diagnostic tests. We may need to take a digital x-ray or cone beam CT (computed tomography) scan to get a more detailed picture of your bone structure. These images allow us to identify the location and severity of your fracture.

If you suffer from facial trauma and suspect you may have fractured one or more bones, Dr. Aves will see you for a same-day appointment, if possible. Facial injuries are best treated within a few hours. When you come in to our office, Dr. Aves’ first priority will be to ensure that you can breathe properly and that your wounds remain clean so they do not become infected.

To mend your fracture, Dr. Aves will realign the broken segments of the bone. He may need to place metal plates or wires to hold the bone in proper position while it heals. Unfortunately, if you suffer a severe mandibular fracture, Dr. Aves may need to wire your jaw shut while you heal. In addition, some fractures may require bone grafting to repair.

Restore Your Facial Structure

If you suffer from facial fracture, coming in for treatment with Dr. Aves as soon as possible can help you reclaim the look and use of your face. To learn more about our treatment for fractures or find out what Dr. Aves would recommend for you, contact our oral surgery practice today to schedule an appointment.

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