Have you noticed our instinctual behavior to guard the face? If we perceive the threat of harm to ourselves we will normally raise our arms to protect our heads and faces. We do this to protect ourselves from bone fractures and soft tissue injuries. We may protect our faces over other body parts for good reason. Our face contains the most fragile bones of our body. Broken bones can occur in the eye socket, lower jaw, or frontal bone. Facial injuries are likely to result in more implications than in other areas that might experience trauma.
After breaks to the nose, the most common facial fractures occur in the lower jaw bone. These are otherwise known as mandibular fractures. Fractures may also occur in the upper jaw. In fact, when facial trauma occurs it is most likely to result in jaw fractures. The mandibular is a U-shaped bone that extends out from the skull. Fractures to this bone are most likely due in part to the positioning on our face. Most injuries to the face occur during sports or automobile accidents. As the ace extends first, it usually takes the brunt of the impact. The lack of support from the rest of the cranium is another contributing factor.
How Can I Know If My Jawbone Is Fractured?
A jaw fracture can usually be seen in two places; At the site of the impact and in the same area on the opposite side. If you have experienced trauma to the jawbone then you should get it checked by a medical professional as soon as possible. Symptoms may include pain, swelling as well as problems with breathing or chewing. It is because of the difficulties you may experience with chewing that you should seek medical help immediately if you suspect a fracture.
What Effect Will Facial Trauma Have On My Teeth
Your oral health may suffer as a result of a fracture because your teeth are attached to the jaw. Bite misalignment or malocclusion is one common problem. Your upper set of teeth should sit slightly in front of the bottom set. However, a fracture can offset the alignment and you start to bite the inside of your cheeks as a result. Trauma may also result in your teeth being missing fractured or cracked.
How Can An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Help?
Oral surgeons are trained to address the complications that arise from facial fractures. Maxillofacial surgery may include treating facial injuries by fixing the bones using medical items such as screws, wires, metal plates, and rubber bands. They can also provide patients with dental replacements. The surgeons will be able to handle any complications that result from fractures such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
If you need the help of a maxillofacial surgeon then you contact us at San Jose Oral Surgery. Their surgeons are expertly trained to treat facial fractures. Also if you have missing teeth due to trauma then they can fit dental implants. Their office is located in San Jose, CA, and provides services to patients in Santa Clara County.