Facial Fractures Treatment in Dwarka
How is a Facial Injury Diagnosed?
When making a diagnosis, your doctor will begin by asking about your medical history, including any events that may have caused your facial injury.
A thorough physical and medical examination will also be conducted, to note any injuries to your face and other parts of your body. This may be followed by relevant X-rays and CT scan of the head and face. Specific X-rays are needed depending on exact nature and site of injuries.
Many people with facial injuries also suffer from additional injuries. In such cases additional x-rays, investigations and consultations with other medical specialists may be needed.
- Dental Craft is equipped with Cone Beam CT SCAN, OPG/Panorama Xrays and RVGs to assess the jaw and facial bone fractures.
Treatment for a facial Injury
Depending on these factors, a decision may be made to treat the injury surgically or non-surgically.
- Non-surgical treatment mostly consists of stabilizing the jaw bones by using wires and certain other equipment and supported with analgesics and antibiotics. This is usually done when
- The injuries are minor
- Patient is medically unfit for surgery
- General anesthesia cannot be given
- Surgical treatment involves surgical exposure of the fracture sites, which are then aligned and fixed with titanium miniplates & screws, lag screws etc.
- Most common approach for fixing jaw fractures is from inside the mouth, thus avoiding any risk of scarring.
- Some facial fractures though may need incisions on the face, but are placed in certain areas and skin creases, so that they are not prominent after healing.
- This requires general anesthesia in most cases followed by stabilization of both the jaws together for a few weeks.
What happens after surgery?
- If you had a general anesthetic you will need to stay in the hospital for a couple of days in case you experience problems and need help.
- You will be given instructions about looking after the surgical site when you go home and suitable pain medication and appropriate antibiotics or mouthwashes to take home.
- Stitches are usually removed 10-14 days after the surgery.
Recovery from the Surgery
- After the operation you will have some swelling and bruising. This will rapidly begin to subside over the first 1-2weeks.
- It takes 6-8 weeks for the complete healing of the jaw bone fractures, but you can resume to your routine work after 2 weeks of surgery.
- For operations on the lower jaw it is fairly common to have some numbness of the lower lip for some weeks or months afterwards. In a very small number of cases a residual area of numbness will remain.