Skip to content

    First Aid & Emergencies

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Broken Jaw Treatment

    Call 911

    If the person has:

    • Uncontrolled bleeding
    • Difficulty breathing
    • A possible spine injury (do not move the person)

    Or if the person is:

    Recommended Related to First Aid

    Understanding Insect and Spider Bites -- Prevention

    DEET is the most effective insect repellent. It can be found in a variety of lotions and sprays and purchased in most drug stores. There has been some concern about the negative effects of using this chemical, particularly for children, but none of the natural plant products are likely to be as reliable. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that DEET not be used on children younger than two months of age. Picaridin is a plant-derived compound and is also somewhat effective against...

    Read the Understanding Insect and Spider Bites -- Prevention article > >

    • In shock (faint, pale, rapid shallow breathing)

    1. Get Medical Help Immediately

    • Go to a hospital emergency room.

    2. Prevent Choking

    • Allow any blood in the mouth to dribble out or have the person spit it into a handkerchief.
    • Without touching the roots, gently remove any broken or lost teeth from the mouth and place them in cold milk, salt water, or saliva. Take the broken teeth in their solution to the health care provider or emergency room with you.

    3. Immobilize Jaw

    • Do not attempt to align the jaws.
    • Make a bandage out of a handkerchief, scarf, or necktie, and tie it around the jaw and over the top of the head to keep the jaw from moving. The bandage should be easily removable in case the person starts to vomit.

    4. Control Swelling

    • Apply cold compresses.

    5. Follow Up

    Medical treatment depends on the location and severity of the break.

    • A surgeon may be able to set the bone without surgery, although wires may need to be placed to stabilize the jaw.
    • Surgery may be needed to repair the break. The surgeon will place plates or screws to hold the broken pieces of bone together while they heal.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 27, 2015

    First Aid A-Z

    • There are no topics that begin with 'O'
    • There are no topics that begin with 'Q'
    • There are no topics that begin with 'U'
    • There are no topics that begin with 'X'
    • There are no topics that begin with 'Y'
    • There are no topics that begin with 'Z'

    Today on WebMD

    blue flames
    The right way to treat them.
    Wound paste into a cross
    8 essentials for car or purse.
     
    cpr demonstration
    4 steps for adults.
    bagged salad
    Learn when to call a doctor.
     
    sniffling child
    Slideshow
    wound care true or false
    Slideshow
     
    caring for wounds
    Slideshow
    Harvest mite
    Slideshow
     

    Pollen counts, treatment tips, and more.

    It's nothing to sneeze at.

    Loading ...

    Sending your email...

    This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

    Thanks!

    Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

    WebMD the app

    Get first aid information. Whenever. Wherever... with your iPhone, iPad or Android.

    Find Out More