How Will a Facial Fracture Affect My Teeth?

“Trauma,” “accident,” “facial injury,” and “broken bones” are all words that alarm us. In reality, these unfortunate events happen every day. 

Facial trauma often occurs in sports or automobile accidents. Most injuries like this can be quite scary and require immediate medical help. 

There are specialized treatments and surgeons to treat these most fragile bones. One might ask, will facial trauma affect my teeth? Read on to find out!

Types of Facial Fractures

A facial fracture is a broken bone in your face. There are many types of facial fractures, some being major while some are minor. However, it is important to get evaluated right away if you suspect you have a facial fracture since it can cause problems later if not promptly treated. 

Let us have an overview of some of the most common facial fractures and how they affect our teeth.  

Jaw Fractures

These are common in sporting accidents. A broken jaw, or jaw fracture, can affect your upper jaw (maxillary) or your lower jawbone (mandibular). 

Studies show that in mandibular fractures, it often breaks in two places. This can cause bite misalignment, also known as malocclusion. You may feel pain when you close your mouth slightly. 

Disorders related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that connects our lower jaw to our head, can also happen. These fractures result in little support for your teeth. 

If you suspect you have this kind of facial fracture, get to a medical professional quickly. 

Soft Tissue Injuries

These occur when we get a cut, scratch, or a tear on our face. These types of injuries are common in car accidents as the result of direct trauma. 

You may then have cracked teeth, tooth fractures, or missing teeth. You may also irritate certain nerves connected to your teeth.

Eye Socket Fracture

This happens when you break bones in the eye socket, which can be a result of blunt trauma, like a punch or a fall. This may also lead to some nose swelling. 

This area is very close to the upper jaw, so a fracture here can irritate the root canal of the tooth and cause swelling and pain. 

Frontal Bone (Forehead) Fracture

This fracture occurs, as the name implies when you injure the front of your head. One of the main concerns for this type of fracture is that it can deform the front of the head.

Behind this bone is the frontal sinus. So a fracture in this area can cause a large amount of swelling, called sinusitis. The swelling of the sinus, in turn, can be a cause of tooth pain. If you damage it, a maxillofacial surgeon is best equipped to restore it. 

What Does an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Do?

They are medical professionals also known as oral surgeons. They specialize in diagnosing and restoring the facial injuries mentioned. 

They use multiple techniques to heal bones. In the jawbone, they often use tiny metal plates, screws, rubber bands, and wires to repair fragile bones. They also make use of dental prosthetics or dental implants to replace teeth. 

A Visit With Our Surgeons

Here at California Oral and Facial in Alameda, CA, we want you to have the most comfortable experience possible and help you restore your beautiful smile. Our surgeons are also trained to restore most fractures while keeping pain to a minimum. The goal is to get you chewing, biting, and breathing fine as quickly as possible. 

Our surgeons are also available for any emergencies that may come up. Contact us with any concerns and we get back to you as soon as possible.  

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