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Maxillofacial Fractures in Elderly Patients and Their Treatment


Posted on 8/21/2023 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
Maxillofacial Fractures in Elderly Patients and Their TreatmentMaxillofacial fractures occur due to trauma resulting from falls or other accidents across all ages. However, treating elderly patients suffering from facial bone injuries comes with unique difficulties such as bone density. In this post, we will shed light on maxillofacial fracture characteristics among elders and evaluate some popular measures available for treatment.

Unique Considerations:


Elderly individuals undergoing maxillofacial surgeries usually present many underlying comorbidities, which makes them more susceptible to sustaining serious fractures. With reduced bone density and overall health complications, fractures present significant functional and aesthetic impairment causing even more discomfort during treatment phases. Dental issues such as missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures can also worsen maxillofacial injuries in elders taking into consideration a range of vital factors.

Treatment Options:


Upon diagnosis, physicians require a multi-disciplinary approach through oral and maxillofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, and anesthesiologists to look at the treatment in relation to the severity of the fracture, general health status, and personal patient preferences. Stable fractures may be treated without surgery through closed reduction that immobilizes braces or splints.

However, when complex fractures occur, surgical intervention would prove necessary. Open reduction with internal fixation using plates, wires, or screws helps reposition the fractured bones ensuring sturdiness. Sometimes bone grafts or tissue reconstruction procedures may have to be performed to restore facial symmetry.

Postoperative Care and Rehabilitation:


Postoperative care is very crucial for elderly patients who may experience a longer healing process than expected following pain management, infection control, and nutritional support. Rehabilitation therapy, including speech therapy and physical therapy, is instituted to aid the optimal function of the jaws during their recovery phase.

A multi-faceted approach is crucial for attaining successful outcomes - we recognize these realities and advise seeking out seasoned healthcare professionals trained in elderly care for assistance when operating these cases. Reach out to us today and get more information on maxillofacial fractures in elderly patients.


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