Mandibular Fracture

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).
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