How Will A Facial Fracture Affect My Teeth?

Facial trauma usually causes problems due to the way that the many bones connect with the muscles, nerves, and soft tissue.

Facial injuries may include multiple facial fractures in the eye socket, nasal bone, lower jaw, or frontal bone. There is also the risk of soft tissue injuries. This is probably why we instinctively try to protect our face from injuries.

When Do Fractures Occur?

Many injuries that affect the face happen whilst playing sports or in automobile collisions. One bone where fractures are common is the lower jaw bone, known as the mandibular.

Jaw fractures also referred to as mandibular fractures, are susceptible because of the position of the mandibular on the face. The way it extends from the face and is relatively unsupported puts it at greater risk.

Of course, fractures can occur in the upper jaw too.

Jaw fractures also referred to as mandibular fractures, are susceptible because of the position of the mandibular on the face. The way it extends from the face and is relatively unsupported puts it at greater risk.

How Can I Know If My Jawbone Is Fractured?

You can tell that you have a jaw fracture if the pain and swelling have occurred in two places. One at the site of the trauma and another at more or less in the same location on the opposite side.

Other symptoms may include difficulties with breathing or chewing.

If you have experienced trauma to the jaw then you should have it checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible. The associated problems with breathing can be very serious.

What Effect Will Facial Trauma Have On My Teeth

A facial fracture, specifically to the jaw, will usually result in some shift in the position of the teeth. This stands to reason because the teeth are supported by the jaw, so any movement or damage to their foundation will result in some movement too.

You may experience a degree of bite misalignment or malocclusion. Normally your upper set of teeth naturally closes slightly in front of the bottom set. However, the slightest of fractures could cause your teeth to close in a different position.

You may also start to bite your cheeks while chewing. Other effects of trauma to the face may include cracked teeth or they may fall.

How Can An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Help?

Maxillofacial surgery is sometimes necessary to help heal bones in their proper place. The surgeons may use medical items such as screws, wires, metal plates, and rubber bands to support the bones while you heal. 

It’s important to see a surgeon because complications can arise such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. The Oral surgeons at Rotary Way Oral Surgery can replace missing teeth by fitting dental implants in their patients.

If you need the help of an oral surgeon then you contact us at Rotary Way Oral Surgery. Their surgeons are expertly trained to fit dental implants in patients that have missing teeth due to trauma. Their office is located in Vallejo, CA, and provides services to patients in the surrounding area. 

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