Emergency Treatments for a Broken Jaw

Dr.Alan Wishneff Boca Raton Florida Dentist Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
July 3, 2014

The jaw is one of the most commonly broken bones in the human body. This injury can be very painful and very dangerous if not taken care of properly. The following are some steps to follow after a broken jaw injury occurs.

  1. It is ideal to seek medical help immediately. Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible or if it is really bad, go to the emergency room.
  2. Keep an eye open for anything that could cause choking to happen. If there is blood in the mouth, let it dribble out or spit it out. Broken or lost teeth need to be removed, but you need to remove them without touching the roots. Place them in cold milk or salt water. Take the teeth and the solution they are in with you to the dentist or emergency room.
  3. It is important to try to immobilize the jaw as best as you can. Gently align the jaw and then tie a handkerchief or scarf around the jaw and over the top of the head.
  4. Apply a cold compress to the jaw to help control swelling.
  5. Follow up procedures depends on the location in which you sought help at. A surgeon might be able to set the bone without surgery by using wire to stabilize the jaw. If surgery is needed, the surgeon will place plates or screws in to hold the broken pieces of bone together while they heal.

For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff  at [email protected]  or call (561) 488-3111Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.