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What are facial fractures?

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Facial fractures are broken bones anywhere on the face. This includes the nose, cheekbones, the area around the eyes, and the upper and lower jaw.

Most of the time, they’re due to some kind of trauma to the face, like motor vehicle crashes, sporting injuries, falls, or fights. Sometimes, they happen because the bones in the face are weakened by a dental procedure or condition.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Facial Fractures.”

NHS Cambridge University Hospitals: “Facial Fractures.”

Harvard Medical School: “Eye-Socket Fracture (Fracture of the Orbit).”

Merck Manual: “Fractures of the Jaw and Midface.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Facial Fractures.”

NHS Cambridge University Hospitals: “Facial Fractures.”

Harvard Medical School: “Eye-Socket Fracture (Fracture of the Orbit).”

Merck Manual: “Fractures of the Jaw and Midface.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 22, 2018

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