What is Mandibular Fracture
Mandibular fracture is a break in the jawbone.
Follow these instructions at home:
- If told, apply ice to the injured area:
- Put ice in a plastic bag.
- Place a towel between your skin and the bag.
- Leave the ice on for 20 minutes, 2–3 times per day.
- Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your doctor.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions about diet. You may need to eat only soft foods or liquid foods. Make sure to get enough protein and other nutrients in your diet.
- Sleep on your back. This makes it so that you do not put pressure on your jaw.
- Try not to exercise so hard that you get short of breath.
Contact a doctor if:
- You have a bad headache.
- You cannot feel parts of your face.
- You have very bad pain in your jaw that does not get better when you take medicine.
- You feel like you are going to throw up (nauseous) and nothing helps.
- You feel anxious and nothing helps.
- Your swelling or redness gets worse.
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 (wheeze).