A fracture is a broken bone. Facial fracture refers to any injury that results in a broken bone or bones of the face.
Many situations can cause facial fractures. Motor vehicle crashes, sporting injuries, falls, and assault account for the majority, although injuries from gunshot wounds and stabbings occur as well.
Always be concerned about other injuries with facial fractures. Particular, other parts of the body may be injured, for example, if you have facial injuries in a motor vehicle accident.
Although certain symptoms are specific for the bone fractured, some symptoms are common to any fractured bone. But remember that these symptoms may also indicate a soft tissue injury (without a broken bone).