Our jaw plays an important role in the different functions of our body, such as eating, speaking, chewing, singing and breathing. Unfortunately, the jaw can get fractured due to various reasons.
If you are experiencing pain, this might be an indication that you could be suffering from a fractured jaw.
A jaw fracture is often time interchanged with dislocation. While these diagnoses are different, they both can cause serious problems.
Injury to your jaw may be caused by an accident leading to damage or direct trauma. A fractured jaw is usually considered as an emergency because it can affect breathing, making it life-threatening.
The primary goal of treatment is to maintain an open airway to stabilize breathing. The doctor will assess the face for deformities, bleeding, and other abnormalities.
The doctor will conduct tests such as x-rays to identify the affected area and the extent of the damage. In some cases, surgery may be required. However, if the fracture is clean and there is no bone displaced, your jaw will heal on its own.
Treatment usually depends on the extent and severity of the fracture. For minor cases, immobilization and bandage application might just do the trick.
For severe fractures, a solution to help immobilize the jaw for an extended period of time to maintain proper alignment and preserve bite while it’s healing, may be required.
If this is your case, your diet will be limited to liquids introduced through a straw. Pain medications are also given to relieve pain. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection and promote healing.
After the surgery, some of patients will experience a problem with speaking or eating. However, this will heal over time. A follow-up check-up will be required. This will help the dentist to monitor your condition and track the progress of your recovery.
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