Facial bone fractures / Jaw bone fractures / Teeth fractures need the opinion and specialist management of an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, who is the most qualified and trained person to treat such injuries of the face. Most common signs of fracture of the jaws include inability to bite normally, mobile segments, bleeding with swelling and severe pain. The broken fragments need to be accurately plated together to achieve the stability required for the healing to take place normally. Special titanium miniplates are used to fix the facial bones together.
The procedure can be done through the mouth in majority of the patients. Fractures around the eye / orbital bone fractures can be approached through mini incisions that are virtually scarless after some time. The procedure can be done under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia depending on the severity of the fracture and the preference of the patient. The plates used here usually need not be removed. The course of treatment and the followup period after the surgery varies depending on the patient and the type of injury.