Experiencing any type of injury is never enjoyable. The treatment can also be different depending on what type has occurred. If you’ve experienced such an injury to your nose, one of your first questions may be: “should I go to an oral surgeon for a broken nose?” We’ll go into more detail below.
Should I Go to an Oral Surgeon for a Broken Nose?
Because your nose sticks out, it’s an easy target in accidents. Even minor injuries such as being hit while playing sports can cause a broken nose. This is also known as a nasal fracture. Other common causes for a broken nose are car accidents, sport injuries, falls, and violent injuries. Broken noses are quite common facial surgeries for an oral & maxillofacial surgeon.
What are Some Signs My Nose is Broken?
1. A swollen nose pushed to one side/crooked
2. Your nose is bleeding
3. Pain when you touch it
4. Trouble breathing through your nose
5. Bruises beneath your eyes or black eyes
6. A sound such as cracking when it’s touched
How Can You Stop the Bleeding?
It’s important to stop the bleeding by sitting forward and pinching your nose on the soft part with your index finger and thumb. Do this for 5 minutes, and then another 10 minutes if hasn’t stopped bleeding. To ease the pain before seeing a surgeon, you can take over the counter pain medications as needed. You should also sleep with your head propped up. Putting a cold compress on your nose will help with the swelling, but it’s important to see a doctor if your symptoms haven’t improved in several days.
What Will the Surgeon do to Help my Broken Nose?
A surgeon will determine what needs to be done. When a nasal fracture occurs, it often damages the appearance, and makes it hard for you to breathe. If surgery is needed you will be under anesthesia while your surgeon gently puts your nose back in place. A splint is often used to protect your nose for several days after surgery.
What Happens after Surgery?
After surgery you’ll be given painkillers to help with the pain. Sometimes it takes a few weeks for the discomfort to wear off. Bruises and swelling can occur around your eyes. An overnight stay in the hospital is often required. After surgery it’s important to go to follow-up appointments. If you have a splint, an appointment will be made to have it removed. It’s not uncommon to have to take off a week or more of work to recover. Another surgery may be required to help the appearance of the nose or because of breathing issues. If this is the case it wouldn’t be done for several months after the initial surgery.