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How can I immobilize someone’s broken jaw, and how can I control swelling?

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If you suspect someone has a broken jaw, to prevent choking, you should:

  • 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.
  • To control swelling, apply a cold compress.

From: Broken Jaw Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Green River District Health Department (Kentucky): "First Aid for Dental Injury."

Health-Care-Clinic.org: Fractures of the Skull Face and Jaw." "

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Association of Orthodontists: "Prevent accidents first. . . But, know what to do when they do occur."

Weill Cornell Medical College Cornell University: "Mandibular Fractures."

Broken Jaw Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

Green River District Health Department (Kentucky): "First Aid for Dental Injury."

Health-Care-Clinic.org: Fractures of the Skull Face and Jaw." "

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Association of Orthodontists: "Prevent accidents first. . . But, know what to do when they do occur."

Weill Cornell Medical College Cornell University: "Mandibular Fractures."

Broken Jaw Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

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