Facial Trauma

We understand how traumatic facial injuries can be.

At Rockcliff, we perform some of the most complex and advanced facial reconstructive procedures in the region. Our surgeons provide approximately 40% of facial trauma care for western North Carolina.

Facial injuries range from cuts and bruises to broken facial bones or teeth. Most injuries are initially seen in the emergency room. Some patients are then scheduled in our office for treatment. More serious cases are evaluated and treated while still at the hospital.

What are common facial injuries?

Eye socket fractures

Injury to the bones surrounding the eye can lead to long term problems with vision, eye alignment, and facial appearance. We may involve an ophthalmologist if there is concern for injury to the eyeball. Surgery may be needed to restore the shape of the eye socket and improve vision.

Nasal fractures

Broken noses can appear bent or crooked. This can affect your appearance, block nasal passages, and affect your ability to breathe. Surgery may be needed to improve the shape of your nose and to open the nasal passages to improve airflow.

Cheekbone fractures

Cheekbone fractures can cause flattening of the face, visual changes, and difficulty moving the jaw. Surgery is often necessary to improve your appearance and restore your ability to open and close your jaws.

Upper or lower jaw fractures

Broken upper or lower jaws can result in misaligned teeth, restricted jaw movement, and limited ability to eat or speak. Surgery is usually needed to reposition your teeth, improve your appearance, and improve jaw movement.

Fractured or missing teeth

Teeth can be broken, loosened, or knocked out. This affects your ability to eat, speak, and feel confident in your smile.