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How a Fractured Jaw Gets Treated
Posted on 11/20/2019 by Young Jun DDS MD FACS
Accidents can be inevitable. You could be sitting under a tree and a mango falls on you. It's therefore a regular thing to get patients who have fractured jaws.
Most of them report to have been involved in some sort of an accident. There are treatments therefore, that can help treat and restore the only bone that moves in the head.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Fractured Jaw?
Sometimes, it can be hard to determine whether your jaw is actually fractured or you are simply experiencing excessive pain of the jaw after an accident. In such a case there are always signs and symptoms to look out for.
The first is excessive pain of the jaw accompanied by stiffness that won't let you open your mouth. This difficulty is also present when you try to chew. If you are experiencing numbness in your jaw and face paired with swelling in both areas, then you probably need to get checked. Sometimes you will have multiple loose teeth, spit blood from your mouth and encounter breathing difficulties.
What Is The Treatment Procedure?
The first thing a dentist will do is take an x-ray of your dental formula. This will give a 360degree picture of where the damage is and how far it extends. If the fracture is not too damaging, the mouth is normally wired shut for some time to allow healing.
If the jaw is too fragmented, then surgery may be recommended. Here, holding metals and wires are installed to restore the jaw to its normal functioning. The healing may take up to two months with the doctor's supervision.
Fractured jaws are treatable, but only by specialists who have been trained and understand the high level expertise. Call us at our office today and learn more about how to repair jaws and bring them back to their normal shape.