Maxillofacial fractures implies fracture of one or more facial and/or jaw bones. These are often a result of trauma due to accidents or acts of violence. These injuries not only cause fractures of the bone, but also cause significant disfigurement of the overlying soft tissues. Treatment of maxillofacial fractures involves anatomic reduction and fixation of the fractured bones, to restore their function. The overlying soft tissues are to be debrided (cleaned) and sutured (stitched) back to their original positions. Scars formed as a result of the injury can be corrected by secondary surgery.
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