A jaw fracture is the condition of broken bones in mandibular bones or facial bones (maxilla). It often requires immediate medical treatment. To determine if surgery is necessary a doctor will detect the location of the jaw fracture by x-ray or computed tomography. Meanwhile, treatment will include medications to relieve pain and swelling and antibiotics.
A jaw fracture is usually the condition of broken bones in the lower jaw (mandible, mandibular bones) or sometimes in the upper jaw (maxilla, facial bones). The fracture of the mandible is among the most common fractures because the anatomic location of the mandible is prominent and for this reason can be hit first. Various blunt shocks to the jaw such as direct assault used to be frequent causes of a mandibular fracture before common usage of automobiles. Nowadays, automobile accidents are often the cause of a mandibular fracture. Most of the time, just the nose is damaged. A mandibular fracture is a frequent facial injury resulting from a direct blow to the jaw. This fracture means that the joint that connects the jaw to the skull is dislocated. Sometimes, the jawbone is not fractured but symptoms may appear similar to the fracture of the jawbone.
The causes of a jaw fracture are mostly accidents such as car or motorcycle accidents, falling from a height or being attacked by people or injured by certain objects. A jaw fracture can happen either to the lower jaw (mandible, mandibular bones) or the upper jaw (maxilla, facial bones). When a person has a jaw fracture, pain on the face, numbness of the lips, difficulty in opening or closing the mouth, swelling and bruise in the affected areas is experienced. Often the teeth don’t fit together perfectly.
The treatment for a jaw fracture may be conservative or operative. If the jaw fracture is mild, then rest and avoiding using the injured part is important. This often includes a liquid diet. Medications such as pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics may also be used to reduce the symptoms and prevent an infection. Sometimes it may be necessary to temporarily fix the upper and lower jaw together with a splint until the fracture has healed. For severe cases, surgery is necessary to realign and repair the broken areas with metal plates and screws.
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Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
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You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
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