Mandibular Fracture

A mandibular fracture is a break in the jawbone. Surgery is often needed to put the jaw back in the right position. Wires may be placed around the teeth to hold the jaw in place while it heals.

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. Do this for the first 2 days.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Eat soft or liquid foods as told by your doctor. Eat plenty of protein.

  • If your jaws are wired, follow your doctor's directions for wired jaw care.

  • Sleep on your back to avoid putting pressure on your jaw.

  • Avoid exercising so hard that you become short of breath.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You feel like your airway is tight.

  • You cannot swallow your spit (saliva).

  • You make a high-pitched whistling sound when you breathe (wheezing).

  • You have a bad headache or lose feeling in your face (numbness).

  • You have bad jaw pain that does not get better with medicine.

  • Your jaw wires become loose.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or worried (anxious).

  • Your puffiness (swelling) or redness gets worse.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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