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Bone fractures in the facial region

Facial fractures may be caused by untypical or strong forces acting on the facial region. In theory, any facial bone can break. However, owing to the lightweight structure of the facial skull, some fractures are more common than others so that typical fracture patterns can be distinguished.

The most frequent causes of fractures in the facial region are sports injuries, road traffic accidents, falls or occupational accidents.

Occasionally, a fracture in the facial region may not be noticed immediately after the injury as it may be masked by the facial swelling. If functional impairment does not resolve within two days, further diagnostic evaluation by a specialist is necessary. Typical functional disorders resulting from facial fractures are dental occlusion problems (bite does not fit), restricted mouth opening, double vision or sensory disturbances (producing a “numb” feeling).

This is why we recommend that you undergo thorough physical examination and have X-rays – either conventional X-rays or, where necessary, slice imaging (e.g. CT scans) – to identify facial fractures.

Facial bone fractures always require primary management during the first few days following the injury. The secondary correction of a fracture that has healed in a dislocated position and resulted in facial asymmetry or in the aforementioned functional impairment is a lot more complicated and frequently requires computer-navigated surgery.

Die operative Versorgung von Gesichtsknochenbrüchen erfolgt durch uns persönlich entweder in der Hauptabteilung für Mund-, Kiefer- und Gesichtschirurgie der Arabellaklinik München oder in einer unserer Kooperationskliniken. Ihre individuelle Betreuung erfolgt vom Beginn der Behandlung bis zum Ende sowohl im stationären als auch im ambulanten Bereich persönlich durch uns.

We will be pleased to arrange a consultation at your convenience and answer any questions you may have concerning your specific needs. Because your face matters!