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How is a broken jaw treated?

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Medical treatment for a broken jaw depends on where the break is and how bad it is.

A doctor may be able to set the bone without surgery, but wires may need to be used 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.

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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