Fractures in the oral and maxillofacial region can be complex and require specialized attention. For comprehensive understanding and expert care in this domain, we turn to Dr. Bruce Vafa DDS. MSc., a specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Pain and Oral Diseases based in Los Angeles.
Oral and Maxillofacial Fractures: A Closer Look
Oral and maxillofacial fractures refer to breaks or cracks in the bones of the face or mouth, including the jawbones, cheekbones, nasal bones, and orbital bones. These fractures can occur due to various reasons, such as falls, sports injuries, vehicular accidents, or acts of violence.
The severity of these fractures can vary greatly, from minor cracks to complex, multiple fractures, which can significantly impact a person’s ability to eat, speak, breathe, and see, depending on the specific bones affected.
Symptoms of oral and maxillofacial fractures can include pain, swelling, bruising, changes in facial appearance, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, malocclusion (misalignment of teeth), and numbness. In severe cases, fractures can lead to difficulty breathing, blurred or double vision, and extensive bleeding.
Early diagnosis and treatment of these fractures are crucial to prevent potential complications and ensure optimal healing and restoration of function.