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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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  • It usually takes 1-2 months if it's a "simple" break. I broke mine about 3 weeks ago, and am pretty much back to normal (with the exception of a few chipped teeth).Complications like TMJ or infections can happen, though, so be sure to use ice, anti-inflammatories and take all of your antibiotics.Cheershttp://www.broken-jaw.com
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  • my issue is still the swelling on my jaw. my wires were released a month ago and my arch bars were released last tuesday the 14th of October. i noticed a bit of swelling on my jaw since then. i contacted my doctor and will probably see him tomorrow. i had similar swelling on my jaw a few days after my wires released. i went too the emergency room, got a cat scan and apparently no one could fine any infection or collection. they prescribed me antibiotics and steroids and the swelling went down. is the swelling normal around this time? i'm not in any pain. i just don't know if this is normal.
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    • October 20, 2008
    • 03:17 AM
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  • I broke my jaw Superbowl Sunday (February 3) at halftime. Me and some friends decided to play football and I leaned in to tackle someone, and he jumped up at the same time. I believe his knee hit me in the jaw and i immediately knew something was wrong. I knelt over in pain, and i was the only one who thought something was wrong. My bite felt off, like one or some of my teeth moved and i was spitting out blood. I knew something was wrong, but it was the Superbowl! I finished the game and went home, soon to leave for urgent care, because I wasn't sure how bad it was. After 5 hours in urgent care, they took an X-Ray only to tell me it was broken. It wasn't too bad, it was only one fracture on the lower left mandible. The next day i went to my usual oral surgeon (ive had a few incidents), and they wired it shut. Unfortunately, i was still taking antibiotics for another problem i had in my throat, so i had to crush up pills and drink it, which tasted terrible. I wasn't in too much pain, except when i sneezed or yawned at the top of my jaw where the joint is. Breathing was rough, since i got sick a couple times. On the fifth week, they took the wires off, and i was ecstatic, unfortunately, they still told me to stick to a liquid diet. I could talk a little better, but chose to continue not to participate in class, a little perk of the whole situation. At the end of the fifth week, i discovered i could eat soup with little things in it like ***m chowder, unlike when it was wired shut. I took a trip to soup plantation with a friend i figured out i can eat baked potatoes too! (and a little bit of pasta, but that was a pain). I started off weighing 176 at 5'9 (im in high school//some of it was muscle because i play football, but still a little bit was my gut). now, at the end of the fifth week i weigh 149. People have complimented me on my weight loss, but its unfortunate because i have lost alot of muscle and weight considering i play defensive line. I have an appointment tomorrow, so i'm hoping for good news. I'll let everyone know how it goes.
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  • Well, I'm hoping that my wires finally come off on the 3/30/09...That would be Seven Weeks total (started on 2/9/09). Apparently, I have an Abcess section in my gums under my last molar adjacent to where the break occurred thus pushing my wire removal time back a week ( Very Disappointing). I'm taking plenty of antibiotics to fight this (Levaquin and Clindamycin) and it seems to be healing well. Following that, I presume I would have the arch bars on for another 2 to 3 weeks as per what I've read in other peoples cases. That won't be so bad since I'd actually be able to open my jaw...This has been such a tumultuous experience and makes me appreciate the ability to actually chew solid foods but I must say, my blender skills have increased dramatically...I'm thinking of releasing a Puree Cook Book with Julia Child =P._____________________________________________________________________question for those who had jaw wired shutjust got my wires and im wondering if you remember whenever you took gulps to drink to swallow your saliva you can feel some of your top and bottom teeth grind together but still ends up in the same spot.. im worried that the wires arent tight enough but maybe they're this way so i can swallow..anyone else was able to grind teeth while wired up?_____________________________________________________________________As for your experience, I know at times my wirers felt loose but I think it just happens over time due to movements in the mouth and some muscle spasms. I'd just make sure that they were tightened each time I went in for check-ups and everything was fine. Good Luck All, try not to focus on the removal date and the time should fly-by.
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  • Well, I'm hoping that my wires finally come off on the 3/30/09...That would be Seven Weeks total (started on 2/9/09). Apparently, I have an Abcess section in my gums under my last molar adjacent to where the break occurred thus pushing my wire removal time back a week ( Very Disappointing). I'm taking plenty of antibiotics to fight this (Levaquin and Clindamycin) and it seems to be healing well. Following that, I presume I would have the arch bars on for another 2 to 3 weeks as per what I've read in other peoples cases. That won't be so bad since I'd actually be able to open my jaw...This has been such a tumultuous experience and makes me appreciate the ability to actually chew solid foods but I must say, my blender skills have increased dramatically...I'm thinking of releasing a Puree Cook Book with Julia Child =P.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________As for your experience, I know at times my wirers felt loose but I think it just happens over time due to movements in the mouth and some muscle spasms. I'd just make sure that they were tightened each time I went in for check-ups and everything was fine. Good Luck All, try not to focus on the removal date and the time should fly-by.thanks let me know how it goes with you... I'm really curious to know how it is after the wires/bands are taken out... how long does it take for you to recover well enough where you can eat a burger, hot dog, pizza, steak.. all that good stuff
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  • i got sucker punched from behind two weeks ago,it took a week for three hospitals and 5 docs to finally fix my mouth and what was supposed to be a couple of plates in front of my mouth turned in to 8 screws and wires ran through my gums but the doc says they'll come out in two weeks is that possible?also a tooth was dislocated and they repositioned it will it take root again? and they did not give me any antibiotics at all after surgury i took alot before but none after is that normal practice? idk I'm really freaking out though it really sucks not being able to eat i only wiegh 160 lbs any ways so loosing wieght is not a good thing for me I don't wanna look like a crackhead!!lol any professinal insight would be nice thanks
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    • October 3, 2009
    • 04:42 PM
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