Facial Nerve Damage Injuries, Symptoms and Treatment The facial nerves run along the sides of the face and control the facial muscles that allow us to demonstrate expressions, such as smiling. They also travel through the parotid gland, providing motor functions for the muscles and glands of the neck and … Read more…
Although it is phrased in the singular, the “cheekbone” is actually comprised of several bones. When a fracture occurs, these individual bones are fractured in different combinations, depending upon the circumstances of the injury.
The maxilla connects the dental occlusal plane inferiority and cranial base superiorly, ultimately joining with the nasal cavity, oral cavity, and various other important bodily structures. When these bones are fractured, the injury can be life-threatening and disfiguring. These types of fractures often result from car accidents, as well as falls and altercations and as the result of high-energy blunt force.
Mandibular fractures, also known as lower jaw fractures, are quite due to the location of the mandible bone and the lack of support for the mandible. These fractures are common among men between 21 to 30 years old. A lower jaw fracture is the most common facial fracture after nasal fractures. Mandible fractures are usually caused by a direct blow to the lower jaw like when the head snaps forward and strikes the steering wheel during a car accident. Most people that sustain a fractured mandible bone experience bleeding in their mouth and a feeling that their teeth are not aligned properly.
Unfortunately, serious mouth and dental injuries are a common result of car accidents, and they may initially be ignored in favor of treating other, more obvious injuries. Not only is there sometimes a delay in treating these issues, but dental insurance plans will not always cover associated procedures because they deem them to be “cosmetic” in nature. In fact, treating these injuries immediately is important, as dental injuries can turn into even more serious infections if left untreated.
Nasal fractures can occur as the result of direct trauma, which most commonly results from car accidents, falls, contact sports, and/or fights. Nasal fractures, or broken noses, are the most common types of all facial bone fractures. The most commonly affected age group is men between the ages of 15 and 30, and many of them suffer from lateral impact injuries.
Sadly, scarring and disfigurement are common consequences of many accidents, and can be both difficult and expensive to treat. They can also be painful and uncomfortable and involve psychological and emotional trauma, impeding the victim’s ability to return to his or her normal, everyday activities.