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Facial Injury

Facial injuries include injuries involving the mouth, face and jaw. These range from facial cuts and lacerations to more serious problems, such as broken teeth and facial bones.

Bone fractures can involve the lower or upper jaw, palate, cheekbones and eye sockets. These injuries often occur during automobile accidents, sports or recreational activities, fights or assaults, work-related tasks, projects around the house or accidental falls.

Many patients with facial injuries are first seen in the emergency room and then referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a plastic surgeon for further treatment.

Our Approach to Facial Injury

UCSF offers the best possible care for facial injuries in a supportive setting. Our specialists tailor each patient's treatment plan according to the type and severity of the damage.

The services we offer include corrective jaw surgery, placement of dental implants and repair of broken facial bones. We also have expertise in microvascular reconstructive surgery, a technique of rebuilding the face and neck using blood vessels, bone and tissue from other parts of the body. With reconstructive surgery, we pay close attention to reestablishing natural contours, matching skin color and making scars inconspicuous. Our goals are to restore natural appearance and function for our patients as much as possible.

Awards & recognition

  • usnews-neurology

    Among the top hospitals in the nation

  • n7-2x

    No. 6 (tie) in the nation for ear, nose & throat care

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.