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Why would an impact injury to the maxilla be more difficult to recover from than a long bone fracture?

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Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Maxilla injury

A facial fracture that is a result of an impact injury may depress the maxilla.
This may need to be surgically reduced and fixed. Since the maxilla articulates with the mandible, chewing can be a problem. Long bone fractures can also have problems healing with delayed and nonunion. It depends on the location of the long bone fracture and if it is displaced or not.

In brief: Maxilla injury

A facial fracture that is a result of an impact injury may depress the maxilla.
This may need to be surgically reduced and fixed. Since the maxilla articulates with the mandible, chewing can be a problem. Long bone fractures can also have problems healing with delayed and nonunion. It depends on the location of the long bone fracture and if it is displaced or not.
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Dr. Seth Black
Fracture of the upper jaw or maxilla are not necessarily harder to heal nor do they take longer to heal. however, depending on the force and direction can be life threatening and disfiguring. Fortunately most fractures of the maxilla are low impact and easily treated with repositioning of the bones if they are displaced and stabilized with either plates and screws or by fixing or wiring the upper and lower jaws together.
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