Mandibular Contusion

A mandibular contusion is a deep bruise of your jaw. Contusions happen when an injury causes bleeding under the skin. Signs of bruising include pain, puffiness (swelling), and discolored skin. The contusion may turn blue, purple, or yellow.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Eat soft foods for 1 week. Soft foods include:

  • Baby food.

  • Gelatin.

  • Cooked cereal.

  • Ice cream.

  • Applesauce.

  • Bananas.

  • Eggs.

  • Pasta.

  • Cottage cheese.

  • Soup.

  • Yogurt.

  • Cut food into small pieces. Avoid chewing gum or ice.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Avoid opening your mouth widely.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your puffiness or pain is not helped by medicine.

  • You are not getting better.

  • You have cracking or clicking (crepitation) sounds coming from the jaw.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.