Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fractured Mandible Home Care

Home care for a jaw fracture may include:

Fractured Mandible Liquid Diet

A person with a jaw fracture may require a liquid diet, because chewing is impossible or too painful. A liquid diet contains enough nutrition to sustain the body for long periods of time.

A liquid diet includes:

  • Cream of wheat
  • Fruit juices
  • Honey
  • Jelly
  • Milk, milkshakes and ice cream
  • Nutrition supplement drinks, such as Ensure or Boost
  • Pureed meats
  • Pureed vegetables
  • Soups without solids
  • Syrups
  • Vegetable juices
  • Yogurt and pudding

Fractured Mandible Pain Control

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with a jaw fracture include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Fractured Mandible Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a jaw fracture and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Mar 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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