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Jaw Fracture in Children

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is a jaw fracture?

A jaw fracture is a break in your child's jawbone. It may take weeks or months for the jawbone to heal.

What are the signs and symptoms of a jaw fracture?

How is a jaw fracture diagnosed?

X-rays, a CT scan, or MRI of your child's head or jaw may show a broken bone. Your child may be given contrast liquid to help the broken bone show up better in the pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if your child has ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not let your child enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if your child has any metal in or on his or her body.

How is a jaw fracture treated?

Your child's treatment will depend on the damage and the type of fracture. Most mild jaw fractures in children heal on their own. Your child may need any of the following:

What can I do to help manage my child's jaw fracture?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

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