After trauma to the face, the bones of the forehead, orbit (eye area), nose, cheek, and jaws may be broken (fractured). Some patients will require surgery to properly align the broken bones. Commonly, small internal titanium plates and screws (similar to an erector set) are used to hold the bones in position. In some cases, patients may need to have their upper and lower jaws secured to one another for a period of time following surgery. These procedures are performed under general anesthesia.