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How to Use Jaw Wire Cutters

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.


Jaw wiring

is done to help a broken jaw heal. The wires will prevent you from opening your mouth or moving your jaw. Before you go home after surgery, you will be given a pair of wire cutters. Keep the wire cutters with you at all times. You will need to know when and how to cut the wires in case of emergency.

How to cut the wires:

Only cut the wires if you are having severe trouble breathing or you are choking.

What to do if you vomit:

You do not need to cut the wires if you are only vomiting. Do the following:

After you cut the wires:

Do not cut the wires for any of the following:

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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