Facial Trauma

Facial trauma injuries can affect your ability to swallow, speak or breathe. Most common facial trauma injuries involve broken or fractured bones. These areas of injury include the eye sockets, cheekbones, upper jaw, lower jaw and palate.

Our doctor performs a variety of diagnostic exams and treatments for all forms of facial trauma, from mild to severe.

What are the causes, incidence, and risk factors of facial trauma?

The most common causes of facial trauma are from sports injuries, automobile accidents, and physical acts of violence. The penetrating and blunt trauma can cause injury to your face and upper jaw.

What are common facial trauma symptoms?

  • Missing teeth
  • Double vision or vision problems

  • Eye swelling

  • Bleeding or swollen nose which can cause difficulty breathing

  • Uneven, deformed facial bones or face

  • Change in facial sensation and feeling

What are the signs of and tests for facial trauma?

Our doctor performs a physical exam that may show breaks in your skin; bleeding from the eyes, mouth or nose; nasal blockage; widening of eye distance; bruising around the eyes; movement of the upper jaw when your head is still; facial irregularities; and abnormal sensations.

A series of diagnostic tests may be performed to determine other issues and concerns.

How are facial trauma injuries treated?

Most facial trauma treatments require surgery, however your injury or injuries will be evaluated to deliver you the best possible treatment with the fewest possible scars.

To prevent further injury, always wear seat belts and use protective head gear when appropriate.