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How long does it take to recover from a broken jaw?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 29, 2006
  • 09:15 PM

How long does it take to recover from a broken jaw?

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  • I broke my jaw in october 06 and its now jan 07. It was a pretty nasty break which caused fractures on both sides of my jaw. I had to have plates fitted on both sides and along with complete numbness on my chin and lower lip I looked like a stand in for Herman Munster with a square head for two to three weeks after the surgery. Well as I say its now January 07 and I would say I have recovered to about 70 to 80 percent.The break has completely healed but I still have a little numbness to one side of my chin but I know with a little more time this should completely recover. What I have noticed though is my teeth are alot more sensitive, especially when brushing. Its a pretty scary thing when this happens and believe me I had one of the worse breaks, I remember when it happened to me and I was starting to recover I looked on the net to try and find out how long recovery would take and if a full recovery would happen etc..etc.. I found alot of sites with Doctors telling what to expect but found very little information from people who actually suffered it, hence this story, well what I will tell you is this unless the chin has been badly cut causing nerve damage, the feeling should return. How you will know this healing is starting is there will be a tingling sensation in the chin and it will get very itchy but the itch wont go away by scratching the chin because you cant feel the scratching, you just have to bear with it and it will go away itself (pretty darn annoying at times) but this is a sure sign the healing process has started. So as they say "keep the chin up" and try not to worry about it because time is the best healer here. Hope this helps. Marty
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    • January 13, 2007
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  • Yeah, how funny.. i broke my jaw back in nov 07, and its healed now but i have lil numbness in my lower lip and chin.. and every now and then i have a lil itch.... it started to scare me a lil... but now that i heard from some 1 else im ok.... si i guess its healing.... i didnt know if i was gonna have my feeling back or not,, or was it gonna turn into something serious...
    gdjack82 1 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
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  • I had my jaws broken 3 weeks due to a bad fall, now in the process of recovery. Stumbled upon this site and after reading the postings, I felt less like the odd one out. The numbness, the tingling sensation of the lower lip and chin, the boredom of liquid and softfood intake, the mixed emotions of being this state, a normal person will never be able to understand much of the frustrations. From those who experienced it all, it seems like it'll take months to completely heal and my heart kinda of sink when counting down to the days being able to eat and talk normally again...Still, I like to thank everyone who shared their experiences here. Better than suffering alone and in silence, I guess...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2007
    • 09:22 PM
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  • i severly broke my jaw on one side lower down i hjave a metal plate on it and i fractered the other side and i cracked a wisdom tooth in half and chiped 4 teeth and i had my jaw elasticed shut but only for a week and then i broke them all and was long i didnt need anymore and i was suppsoed to eat soft food but i went striaght to mc donalds chicken mc nuggets and snack wrapss!!!!! so yah its been 1 week and 3 days i feel no pain no numbness and am eating whatever food i want just slowly i think this is the fastest they ever expected.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2007
    • 02:55 AM
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  • In September 07 i had an operation where my bottom jaw was broken in two places an metal plates were fitted. My top jaw was also completely broken and moved upwards and backwards. This was all too line up my jaws properly. It has been over two months now, i am starting to eat a little bit more but i can't really chew or bite into anything. I have numbness in my bottom lip, my chin and across the left side of my face. My lips often feel sore and my chin itches. I have lost over a stone and now only just weigh about 7st.I am wearing braces and have to wear bands at night, my doctors say it would be roughly 3-6 months after the op until my brace is removed. Too start off with my whole face was numb and there was lots of bleeding, after about 3 weeks i cud move my jaw a little bt cud barely talk.It still hurts a bit now brushing my teeth n cnt hv anythin touch the bk of my mouth as it is still swollen and under my top lip is sore from where the stictchin has recently come out. My bottom jaw often clicks especially on my left side and this drives me mad but its nothing i can't deal with and i still lead my life perfectly normally. The first month was rough as there was alot of bleeding e.t.c. I don't know exactly how long the numbness will last i may always have a litlle bit.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2007
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  • People who break their jaws can often use their mouth after a few months. The bone is not really healed for about 6 months, so it's important to be aware that it is not as strong. Numbness is often a post break problem. If the nerves are going to regenerate, it can take up to 18 months (slowly noticing improvement). After 1 1/2 years, what you get it probably the best it will be. Sorry to all who did break their jaws, it's a rough one. If you have problems with alignment of teeth afterwards, orthodontics (braces) can put the rest of it together-see a specialist who does adults and trauma. :rolleyes:
    corinne1958 5 Replies
    • December 4, 2007
    • 11:40 AM
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  • I had my jaw in 2 places. My jaw at the chin and on the left side below the socket. The Dr. put steel plate at both break points and obviously wired me shut. This was April 20th 2008. I have had various serious injuries but none compare to with the frustrations associated with a broken jaw. Tonight is 4 weeks and according t othe Dr 2 more before I am unwired. My jaw feels fine but I am scared of the complete numbness from the tip of my chin up to and including my lower lip. I keep reading on theis site about the numbness but is this level in this time frame usual? The second thing is I keep reading here about these injuries coming from being "sucker punched". This is how my injury happened. I took my wallet out to give a **m a couple bucks after a ball game at Camden Yards and as soon as my wallet came out his buddy, who I never saw, put my lights out with from behind me with a massive shot to my jaw. I went unconcious and woke up on the street. Luckily my 2 friends were 30 feet away and witnessed it so they came to me and the bums took off. So they didnt get a dime and I get to post on this web site LOL. what has the Sucker Punch have to do with it?
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  • well i have heard the usual time is about 5 to 6 weeks. i broke my jaw good on the right and a slight fracture on the left. broke the bottom of my chin and had to have a plate put in. got my hardware off about a month and a half ago, and ive had problems since,. it was really tough when they came off i was in so much pain. my teeth hurt so bad for about 2 weeks, and i had what the dentist called snow caps., white spots on the tops of my teeth. they have slowly started to fade i have lots of numbness still in my face. most of my numbness is on the right side of my face, which according to my dentist, and doctor it should be on the left side. i dont know if thats of any importance or not, but he didnt seems to be to concerned about it. guess all of this stuff takes time. i start pt next week because my jaw still hurts and is poping every once in a while when i open my mouth and when i eat. really sucks.
    beenthere0301 3 Replies
    • September 7, 2008
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  • OK, so I got my wires out yesterday. The removal was painless. However I was surprised that I was unable to open my jaw very far without having pain and stiffness. I am measuring 15 mm of opening on the first day. I went to McDonalds and cut up a hamburger and ate it. It took about 30 minutes and each bite was excruciating. But it was worth it. It was hard to get the food into my mouth because I could only open a little bit. However talking was good right from the start. However I am missing 2 teeth, so I lisp for now. I noticed when eating that I have a lot of slippage of the jaw to one side (the surgeon warned me of this and told me the rubber bands would help guide it to the right place). So I have been biting my tongue and cheek quite a bit. After I got my McD and pizza fix yesterday, I went back to soft foods today. I had scrambled eggs for breakfast and a nice buttery pancake. I also snacked on a cinnamon roll. I don't get to eat the volume I'm used to, because it takes a long time to chew and swallow (it's so tender and lining up the jaw takes concentration). Everything must be chopped up into small bites. I get the arch bars off in 2 weeks and will post again after that. Apparently the numbness may take up to 3 months to disappear and the facial paralysis also 3 months to recover. If I'm still impaired after that, then I'll end up having to see a neurologist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 14, 2008
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  • I broke my jaw in october 06 and its now jan 07. It was a pretty nasty break which caused fractures on both sides of my jaw. I had to have plates fitted on both sides and along with complete numbness on my chin and lower lip I looked like a stand in for Herman Munster with a square head for two to three weeks after the surgery. Well as I say its now January 07 and I would say I have recovered to about 70 to 80 percent.The break has completely healed but I still have a little numbness to one side of my chin but I know with a little more time this should completely recover. What I have noticed though is my teeth are alot more sensitive, especially when brushing. Its a pretty scary thing when this happens and believe me I had one of the worse breaks, I remember when it happened to me and I was starting to recover I looked on the net to try and find out how long recovery would take and if a full recovery would happen etc..etc.. I found alot of sites with Doctors telling what to expect but found very little information from people who actually suffered it, hence this story, well what I will tell you is this unless the chin has been badly cut causing nerve damage, the feeling should return. How you will know this healing is starting is there will be a tingling sensation in the chin and it will get very itchy but the itch wont go away by scratching the chin because you cant feel the scratching, you just have to bear with it and it will go away itself (pretty darn annoying at times) but this is a sure sign the healing process has started. So as they say "keep the chin up" and try not to worry about it because time is the best healer here. Hope this helps. MartyTHANK YOU Marty - I broke my jaw on both sides in October 07 and the doctor did not set it correctly, so my new doctor had to break it and plate it in September 08. I decided to check out if my numbness and tingling were normal and found your comments straight away! You describe exactly what I am going through and have reassured me that I will not dribble forever! Thank you very much...deryn
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2008
    • 00:39 PM
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  • OK, so I got my wires out yesterday. The removal was painless. However I was surprised that I was unable to open my jaw very far without having pain and stiffness. I am measuring 15 mm of opening on the first day. I went to McDonalds and cut up a hamburger and ate it. It took about 30 minutes and each bite was excruciating. But it was worth it. It was hard to get the food into my mouth because I could only open a little bit. However talking was good right from the start. However I am missing 2 teeth, so I lisp for now. I noticed when eating that I have a lot of slippage of the jaw to one side (the surgeon warned me of this and told me the rubber bands would help guide it to the right place). So I have been biting my tongue and cheek quite a bit. After I got my McD and pizza fix yesterday, I went back to soft foods today. I had scrambled eggs for breakfast and a nice buttery pancake. I also snacked on a cinnamon roll. I don't get to eat the volume I'm used to, because it takes a long time to chew and swallow (it's so tender and lining up the jaw takes concentration). Everything must be chopped up into small bites. I get the arch bars off in 2 weeks and will post again after that. Apparently the numbness may take up to 3 months to disappear and the facial paralysis also 3 months to recover. If I'm still impaired after that, then I'll end up having to see a neurologist.the arch bars are a lot of fun to remove!!! just make sure they gave something to numb your gums and that whoever is doing it remove them as fast as possible!
    phil111 3 Replies
    • October 20, 2008
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  • I am now going on 2 weeks after the arch bars have been removed. I had a bad break - both joints (one on each side) were completely severed and another break on the right side between my molars. They repaired the right side with 2 plates, and allowed the left side to heal on it's own since the bone was was shattered and unreparable. I was wired for 3 weeks, and used rubber bands for 2 more weeks.I also had significant nerve damage to the right side of my face - unable to feel sensation from my ear to my mid-chin and from my cheekbone down to my jaw bone. I also lost all movement of my right eyebrow/forehead and my right eyelid is not as responsive as it should be. I also had a very crooked smile due to the right upper lip being unresponsive. I have noticed that since the arch bars are out, and I'm free to move without the horrible poking from those dang things, I have had some sensation return (in the form of tingling and occasional shooting pains), and I have gained back most of the use of my upper lip. However the eye area remains a problem, as does the general numbness.Also, since I had broken BOTH sides of my jaw, and it was not at all anchored to my head when I got into surgury, I have found that my bite is completely screwed up. My jaw goes to the left when I open wide (which is only about 30 mm for me now - not even enough to fit a banana into my mouth). I have developed what my densist calls an "open bite" where my molars hit first, and prevent my front teeth from coming together. When I was wired shut, my bite was correct, so the shifting must have happened since unwiring, and since that left side is still loose to move. Anyway, just wanted to update you all. I'm happy that my smile isn't so scary now. However, the nerve damage is going to create one heck of a road ahead of me.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 04:38 PM
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  • I broke my jaw on the 19th june 09 because i got jumped by some stupid retards. i had two breaks on either side of my jaw and had to have three titanium plates in my jaw. i've got numbness in my lower lip and my whole chin. my teeth are very sensitive and i can only open my jaw wide enough to fit a small spoon inside. i've lost a lot of wieght which i didnt want to losse because i hate my food being put in a blender. basically my questions are . . 1. how long is it going to take before i can eat solid foods again2. how long will it take before i stop looking like sherman Klump (nutty proffessor)3. will the numbness ever go away???
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  • Re: Numbness:Half of my lower lip and chin was completely numb inside and out following the accident/surgery. It felt like rubber when it was touched. 7 and a half weeks after surgery, most of the numbness has gone, which I think is amazing.My drs told me it's very rare for the numbness to be permanent, it can happen, but it's very unusual. Apparently it can take up to 18 months for the numbness to completely go, but I think that's the maximum.Re: Solid foods:Nearly 8 weeks on, I'm still not on solid foods yet, but I can soft bread and spaghetti now. If I try and chew anything a bit more tough my jaw reacts with pain, so I stop. It's getting better every day though, hang in there, it does get better, and as you notice your jaw getting stronger you will be thrilled!Re: Swelling:Mine went within a week or so, but this must vary. If you've got a mouth full of wire, this distorts your face a bit too. You'll get back to normal though.hope this helps!
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  • As for the numbness, this is due to nerve damage. Nerve's do not particularily heal well. For some individuals the numbness will last forever, for others it may take monthes to years for the feeling to come back to the face.
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  • FRACTURES: One at the hinge + one at the chinTREATMENT: My jaw bone stayed relatively in place and I didn’t need plates. I luckily got away with only a wired shut mouth.SYMPTOMS: -Absolutely no pain since the morning after I had the wires installed.-No numbness-No misaligned bite (I’m still wearing the wires)QUESTION: It's been 2.5 weeks now and I'm considering replacing the metal wires with elastics so I could take them off for an interview I need to attend in another week. WOULD IT POSSIBLY CAUSE ANY DAMAGE IF I REMOVE THE WIRES FOR APPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS, TALK, AND PUT BACK ELASTICS?Thanks a bunch, John.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 5, 2009
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  • broke my jaw because a ***k **s guy hit me while i wasnt lookin i didnt have wires though i had elastic bands i have a pin on the left side and a plate in my chin i got my elastic bands took off in 2 and a half weeks and the brace took off the next week from reading i think im the fastest dude to recover from a broke jaw half of my chin and my lip r numb having a problem dealin wit it though my face is my meal ticket i dont kno what to i pray to god i get the feling back i just wanna hear from someone who has got the feeling back because i dont kno how long i can take thisI feel ya man, I got sucker punched Saturday Night at a bar. Guy had a ring on and put a huge fracture in my jaw. Although I sat at the hospital for 5 hours today, and never got seen cause I had to go to work. I had that numbness for one day, and it went away. I know my jaw is fractured
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 15, 2009
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  • I feel ya man, I got sucker punched Saturday Night at a bar. Guy had a ring on and put a huge fracture in my jaw. Although I sat at the hospital for 5 hours today, and never got seen cause I had to go to work. I had that numbness for one day, and it went away. I know my jaw is fracturedDude if you can talk , eat normally and you don't have pain your jaw is not fractured, maybe just a slight fracture that can be just seen on X-ray but that don't need any treatment. as per your numbness it can't go away so fast even if you have minor nerve dammage, you had probably a little contusion. ! As for me i was also cheap shotted by a group of 8 bast...., got 2 severe fractures and i've now 4 titanium plates, it was 2 months ago and i still have the numbness and strange feelings on my chin.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 16, 2009
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  • Yo broke my jaw on the early morning of friday the 13th while riding home on my bike. Dont remember what happened because i'm assuming I rendered a concussion, I also smashed my nasal cavity and broke my nose. Now I have my mouth wired with hopefully only a week or so to go untill there off and I have a metal plate in my chin and between the eyebrows. Fractered my jaw in two paces at the chin and one clear across the other side, I also have numbness in the left side of my forhead and chin/lower lip. Ensure definately helps starting to get sick of blended food. **** that. I recently took to smoking pot again and that somewhat helps pass the time and aleviate the mind. Look forward to regular food even if it can only fit through a two finger size opening in my mouth. Now my right side clicks. Live and learn.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 30, 2009
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  • I broke my Jaw in a softball game legging out a infield single. I was going down the first baseline full speed hit the bag the first basemen missed the throw and it hit me in the middle of my jaw/cheek (3cm break had to get a plate) also had a hairline fracture on my chin. Like another poster I had a plastic surgeon do my surgery but, he had done several surgeries similar to mind prior to it. My wife being a Nurse called around and checked him out before we went through with it. I have only lost 2 lbs in 4 weeks and only have 2 weeks left of the wires. I have found that mixing egg beaters with carnation instant breakfast,ice cream,yogart,whey protein and some fruit is a great high cal( @500) high protein(49g) breakfast shake. I have mastered the art of making red bean or black bean soup as well to keep up my calorie counts. I by passed the ensure but, went to the Vitman Shoppe and got liquid multi vitimans to take as well. Nesquik Chocolate is a great source of calories and a good snack as well (380 cals per 16 oz bottle I drink 4 a day for 1040 cals) I eat a 4 serving pack of pudding a day and make sure to either eat before bed or in the middle of the night. What killed me was not getting in the gym for 3 weeks but, i am back and at it full force except no cardio is allowed. I think this has sped up my recovery as well as made it easier on me because i am back to my regular routines. I have not let my injury get me down becuase i am thankful that the throw broke my jaw and didnt hit me in the temple so i am taking it in stride. Like everyone i have the numbness and my doctor told me that it will slowly start to go away. the most annoying pain i get is up by my ear and sometimes it will stop me in my tracks. I had braces growing up so the feeling of sore teeth i am use to and hope it goes away soon. My doctor had told me 8 weeks with the wires but, at the last check up told me it was healing nice and that we were going to get them off at the 6 week marker i felt like i had just won the lotto. If anyone needs any good recipes for breakfast drinks or black/red bean soup let me know (jjshaw@windstream.net)to the previous poster I am with you on watching people eat but, trust me it goes away accept the fact its temporay and it will make it that much easier. I told my buddys its not liek the doc said i can never eat meat again its liek a 6 week cleansing of my body from crap. on the postive side being on a high cal high protein diet is great for the abs some of my buddies at the gym are atleast jealous of me for something out of this. staying consistent with many of the other posters on here, I had my jaw broken when two animals tried to steal my wallet. After I grabbed the wallet back from that scumbag he punched me in the face and ran away.Other than the morning after the incident I felt virtually no pain. I had trouble opening my mouth wide and my teeth did not line up correctly however I figured it was just a case of inflammation. After two weeks of living a regular, pain free lifestyle I went to the oral surgeons where they told me it was broken. My mouth was wired shut on 12/03.It was a tiny crack the size of my fingernail and it was only in one place. The doctors told me 4-6 weeks. im wondering how the fact that it was such a small, painless, barely noticeable break will influence my recovery time. Im a 21 year old college student and I'd love to get off the "disabled list" before New Years Eve (12/30 is exactly 4 weeks after the wires went on). Is there anyway I get lucky and get these wires off earlier than expected?By far the hardest part of this process is the mental part. Ive been feeling better everyday however its hard not to go insane when your sitting at home knowing your friends are out eating cheeseburgers and having a great time. ANy info would be helpful
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    • December 7, 2009
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