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facial fractures


One of the most common types of serious injury to the face occurs when bones are broken.

Fractures can involve the lower jaw, the upper jaw, the cheekbones, the eye socket and combinations of these bones.  These injuries can affect sight, the ability to breath, speak and swallow and treatment often requires hospitalisation.

Treatment of facial fractures involves lining up the bones and holding them in position with plates and screws long enough to permit them time to heal which usually requires six weeks depending on the complexity of the fractures.
When fractures are extensive, multiple incisions to expose the bones and a combination of wiring or plating techniques may be needed.