Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Chen on being elected Chairman,
Department of Plastic Surgery, Hoag Hospital Newport Beachand Hoag Hospital Irvine!

Facial Fracture

Mandible Fracture Repair Newport Beach

Mandible FractureMandible fractures are fractures of the lower jaw. Depending on the number of fractures, stability, degree of misalignment, and malocclusion, mandible fractures can be observed, placed in maxillary-mandibular fixation, or undergo open reduction internal fixation. 3D CT scan with thin cut in coronal, axial, and sagittal views, as well as a panorex x-ray of the lower jaw, are needed for accurate diagnosis and surgical planning.

In stable, minimally displaced mandibular fractures, a full liquid diet for three weeks can allow the fracture to start healing without any chewing movement of mastication. For persistent malocclusion, the mouth may need to be wired shut or undergo maxillary-mandibular fixation to allow the mandible to heal in the right alignment. Occasionally, a permanent titanium plate is placed to stabilize the fracture.

As a fellowship trained plastic surgeon in both craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery, Dr. Chen has received additional specialized training in repair and reconstruction of mandible fractures.

Please contact us for more information about mandibular fracture or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chen.