An inability to move the mandible or maxilla Bleeding from the gums and around the teeth A complaint from the patient that the teeth do not meet right
A complaint that the lower lip is numb (mandibular fracture)
Upon examination you may observe:
Fractured bones on dental radiographs ordered by the dentist
Abnormal movement of mandible or maxilla
Emergency treatment for fractures of the mandible and maxilla may include performing emergency treatment guidelines and the following:
Reporting the patient's condition to the dentist.
Immobilizing the injured area by applying an elastic bandage as shown in figure 6-8. Ensuring that you have a pair of scissors standing by to cut the bandage off if the patient starts to vomit or has respiratory difficulties.
Applying ice packs to reduce swelling of the injured area and to lessen the pain.Continue Reading