Facial trauma includes any sort of physical injury to the face, especially where the jaw or facial bones are fractured. The most common causes of facial trauma are from motor vehicle accidents, sporting injuries and work-related injuries. Typically lower jaw injuries require immediate treatment, whereas others such as fractures to the eye-socket or upper jaw are commonly left for 7-10 days to allow the swelling to subside.
Most facial trauma surgery will require a general anaesthetic and a hospital stay. Titanium mini-plates and screws may be required, and the jaw may need to be fixed shut in some cases.
Please note that only a trained Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon should operate on facial fractures, as other doctors (such as Plastic Surgeons) generally won’t have the requisite dental expertise to cater for occlusion (correct function of the teeth and jaw).
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Faceworx is one of Western Australia leading Oral and Maxillofacial specialists. Our head doctor Franc Henze provides a personalized treatment using state of the art equipment that results in reduced pain and faster recovery times.
“I believe that patient wellbeing and post-operative recovery can significantly be improved by meticulous surgical technique and paying attention to detail.”
Depending on the severity of the injuries, a stay in hospital after surgery is usually required, until the patient is able to tolerate a liquid diet and the pain and discomfort is under control.
For several weeks following surgery, a soft diet is required, with no chewing until Dr Henze confirms the bone is healing correctly and able to take the strain.