Facial injuries can involve the hard and soft tissues of the jaws, cheek bone, orbit (eye socket), nose or forehead. They most commonly occur as a result of falls, assaults, work and sporting injuries and road accidents. It is common for patients to initially seek out emergency treatment at hospitals.
Facial trauma can range in severity from mild to severe. In the case of displaced fractures of the facial bone it can result in deformity and malocclusion leading to difficulty biting. Appropriate and prompt diagnosis and management is important to achieve the best outcome.
The doctor will explain the timing of any surgery that is needed depending on the injury. When needed, we work in close conjunction with other specialists to coordinate care. The goal of treatment is always to restore the patient as close as possible to their pre-injury state and allow them to get back to daily life.