Treating Mandible Fractures
A mandible fracture, also known as a broken jaw, is a common type of facial injury. It can be caused by various traumatic events, such as car accidents, sports injuries, falls, or physical altercations. The mandible is the bone that forms the lower jaw, and its fractures can vary in severity and complexity. Here is a review of mandible fractures:
- Difficulty in opening or closing the mouth
- Misalignment of the jaw
- Numbness or tingling in the lower lip or chin
- Bruising around the jaw
Diagnosing a Mandible Fracture of Reconstruction
At Century ENT, Dr. Chan employ a comprehensive approach to accurately diagnose mandible fractures. This involves conducting a thorough physical examination, taking a detailed medical history, and using advanced imaging studies such as X-rays, CT scans, or panoramic radiographs.
The treatment options offered for a mandible fracture depend on its severity and location. These include:
- Immobilization: For some simple fractures, our specialists may recommend immobilizing the jaw using wires, elastics, or a jaw immobilization device.
- Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF): Complex fractures often require surgical intervention to properly realign the bones and secure them in place using plates, screws, or wires.
- Maxillofacial surgery: In cases of severe fractures, our patients may need reconstructive surgery to restore the normal function and appearance of the jaw.
At Century ENT, our commitment is to provide individualized and effective treatment plans for all our patients, regardless of the complexity of their condition.
Depending on the extent of the fracture and the treatment received. In general, it may take several weeks for the bones to heal fully. During the recovery period, the patient may need to follow a soft or liquid diet and practice good oral hygiene.
- Malunion (improper healing of the bones)
- Nonunion (failure of bones to heal), infection
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, which can lead to long-term jaw pain and dysfunction.
Regular follow-up visits with a healthcare professional or oral surgeon are essential to monitor healing progress and ensure there are no complications.
Mandible fractures can be painful and require prompt and appropriate medical attention. The outcome and recovery depend on the severity and type of fracture, as well as the effectiveness of the treatment provided. If you suspect a mandible fracture, please call Century ENT and make an appointment with our reconstructive specialist, Dr. David Chan.
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Dr David Chan
Head & Neck Oncology & Reconstructive Surgery