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Jaw Wiring

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about jaw wiring?

Jaw wiring is a procedure used to hold your jaw in place. You may need this to help your jaw heal from a fracture. It may also be used if you have a disease that affects your jaw, or you will have surgery to correct a jaw problem. 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.

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What are the risks of jaw wiring?

Your teeth may be damaged during the procedure. Fractured jaw bones may not heal properly, even with wiring.

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