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Surgical Techniques for Managing Facial Fractures

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery
Dental ChairFacial fractures, often resulting from traumatic injuries, require meticulous surgical management to restore both form and function. Various surgical techniques address these fractures, ensuring optimal patient outcomes. Understanding the specific characteristics of each fracture and tailoring the approach accordingly is paramount in achieving successful results.

Open Reduction and Internal Fixation

One commonly employed technique is open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF), a surgical method involving the repositioning of fractured facial bones followed by the application of internal hardware, such as plates and screws, to stabilize the bone fragments. This technique provides stable fixation, promotes proper bone alignment, and accelerates healing.

In cases where a minimally invasive approach is preferred, closed reduction may be employed. This technique involves realigning fractured bones without exposing them surgically. External fixation devices, such as wires or pins, may be utilized to maintain proper alignment during the healing process. Closed reduction is advantageous for its reduced risk of infection and minimal scarring.

Maxillomandibular Fixation

Maxillomandibular fixation (MMF) is another technique commonly used to manage certain facial fractures, particularly those involving the mandible. This method involves temporarily wiring the upper and lower jaws together, immobilizing them to facilitate proper healing. MMF is often utilized in conjunction with other surgical approaches to enhance stability.

Craniofacial Surgery

For complex fractures involving the midface, craniofacial surgery may be recommended. This intricate technique involves addressing fractures of the skull and facial bones simultaneously. Surgeons may employ a combination of approaches, including bone grafts and advanced fixation methods, to restore the aesthetics and functional aspects of the facial structure.

Computer Assisted Surgery

Advancements in technology have also introduced the use of computer-assisted navigation in facial fracture surgeries. This innovative approach allows for precise preoperative planning and real-time guidance during surgery, enhancing the accuracy of fracture reduction and the placement of fixation devices.

In conclusion, managing facial fractures necessitates a tailored and multifaceted approach. Our surgeons employ various techniques, from traditional methods like ORIF to more advanced options such as computer-assisted navigation. The unique circumstances of each patient dictate the most appropriate surgical strategy, emphasizing the importance of a personalized and comprehensive approach to facial fracture management. Ensure you contact us for more information.


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