ENT Head & Neck Surgery Center

Rm 02, 5/F., Kai Seng Commerical Centre,
4-6 Hankow Road, TST Kln, HK
(near Kowloon Hotel)
Tel: (852) 3100 0555
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Lawrence Chow / ENT Doctor

cranial nerve VII

Facial Nerve – Controlling Facial Muscles

Facial Nerve – Controlling Facial Muscles


The facial nerve is properly referred to as the Cranial Nerve VII. Cranial nerves are special control nerves either emerging from the cranium instead of the spine (those are referred to as spinal nerves). There are twelve altogether and each has their own major function. The seventh cranial nerve is the facial nerve.


Functions of the Facial Nerve


Controls Facial Expressions – the facial nerve’s primary function is to provide control over the facial muscles. The reasons why people can wrinkle their forehead, smile, and whistle are because of properly functioning facial nerves. Continue reading

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