Broken Jaw Overview
Another name for Broken Jaw is Jaw Fracture.
What is a jaw fracture?
A person with a jaw fracture has broken the mandible. Jaw fractures can disrupt the normal alignment between the upper and lower teeth. With treatment, about 90 percent of mandible fractures heal completely and the alignment of the teeth is restored. Common causes of jaw fractures include sports injuries, altercations, and motor vehicle accidents.
What are the symptoms of a jaw fracture?
Symptoms of a jaw fracture include jaw pain, jaw tenderness, facial swelling, difficulty opening the mouth, jaw swelling, facial swelling, difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing, facial bruising, facial numbness, dental pain, chipped teeth, and loss of teeth. When the jaw is dislocated, the teeth do not line up correctly, which is called malocclusion.
How does the doctor treat a jaw fracture?
Treatment of a jaw fracture may include cold compresses, narcotic pain medications, a liquid diet, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Surgery is often required to realign the jaw. Usually, wires are placed around the teeth and the jaw is held in place, so that it can heal.
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