Call 911 if:
- The person has difficulty breathing.
- The upper and lower jaws don’t meet properly.
- There is an open wound with exposed bone.
- The person has blurred or double vision or trouble moving their eyeballs.
Get Medical Help Immediately
You need to see a health care provider for a facial fracture, including broken nose, jaw, cheekbone, or eye socket.
Control Pain and Swelling
- Keep the person’s face elevated to allow blood to drain.
- Apply ice for swelling.
- The health care provider will examine the person’s face and may order X-rays or other imaging tests, including a CT scan.
- The health care provider may immobilize broken bones to help them heal.
- Medications may be prescribed to relieve pain and inflammation and prevent infection.
- Surgery may be needed.
Referenced on 23/05/2021
- Mount Nittany Medical Center: “Facial Fractures."
- New York-Presbyterian Hospital: “Facial Fractures."
- New York Eye and Ear Infirmary: “Facial Sports Injuries."
- Children’s Hospital of Boston: “Facial Fractures."
- Allina Hospitals & Clinics: “Facial Fracture."
- Facial Fracture Information from eMedicineHealth.