facial injury

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Physical damage to the structures in and around the face; for example, a fracture of a facial bone caused by impact with a squash racket. Facial injuries are very common in sport. Many are superficial and heal very quickly, but serious facial injuries often require the urgent attention of a maxillofacial surgeon because of the risk of permanent deformity. Orofacial injuries (i.e. those involving structures around the face and mouth) make up a large percentage of injuries in contact sports. Many could be avoided by wearing a gumshield.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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