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FACIAL FRACTURES

Facial fractures are broken bones in the face. Many situations can cause facial fractures. Motor vehicle crashes, sporting injuries, falls and assault account for the majority, although injuries from gunshot wounds and stabbings occur as well. Of note, the nose is the most-commonly fractured bone in the human body.

Facial fractures can involve bones of the forehead, brow, upper jaw, lower jaw, cheeks and nose or eye sockets. A closed fracture is one in which the skin is not broken. An open or compound fracture involves laceration of the skin. Most facial fractures heal rapidly with very few complications.

WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE

A doctor should check any significant facial injury. You can either see your doctor or go to the emergency department. If available, put some ice on the area and take some acetaminophen to help with the pain.

If you experience the following symptoms, evaluation by a doctor is mandatory:

  • Clear nasal discharge
  • Nosebleed
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Any visual disturbance such as double or blurry vision
  • Any hearing problem
  • Inability to bring teeth together
  • Pain with jaw movement
  • Altered sensation on the face
  • Face uneven (asymmetrical)
  • Open wounds with visible bone

This information is for guidance only and should not constitute medical advice. Adapted from from AAO-HNS – entnet.org.

HEAD AND NECK DISORDERS WE TREAT

Our ENT providers are compassionate and skilled in diagnosing and treating a wide range of head and neck disorders. Please click on the links below to learn more. For more information about any of these disorders and conditions or for questions about a condition not listed here, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

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