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Facial Trauma

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The vast majority of facial and jaw fractures are treated in public hospitals. However, after visiting the emergency department of a hospital, you may elect to be treated as a private patient provided you have private health insurance and also understand that you may incur out-of-pocket expenses.

Do facial injuries need urgent attention?

All facial injuries need to be promptly examined by experienced doctors to make sure there is no immediate threat to the airway, vision or brain. Jaw fractures involving teeth are best surgically managed within 3 days of presentation to prevent infection. Fractures to the jaw joint (TMJ), cheek bone, nose and eye socket are often left for 5-7 days for the swelling to subside before a final assessment is made as to whether surgery is required.  Please make an appointment.

Fracture of the right cheek bone and eye socket.
Fracture of the right cheek bone and eye socket
Fracture of the right cheek bone and eye socket - xray

What if the injuries are more than 3 weeks old?

We are happy to assess you to make sure there is no cosmetic of functional deficit that may result in long term problems. In some cases, the healed bones may need to be refractured and reset to a normal alignment. Your surgeon will discuss the need for this and any other issues so please make an appointment.

Fracture of the lower jaw with displacement of the bite.
Fracture of the lower jaw with displacement of the bite
Fracture of the lower jaw with displacement of the bite - xray

Will I need to have my jaws wired together?

With recent advances in titanium bone plates and miniature screw technology, our practice rarely finds the need to wire jaws together. So in almost all instances, you will not need to have your jaws wired together if you are treated by Dr Dimitroulis.