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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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  • Has anyone gone through a root canal on the tooth and realized the orthodontist has possibly caused a hairline fracture in your jaw or may be a stress fracture? This while performing the root canal procedure. How rare is this occurence and why does something like this occur?I would appreciate any good past experience in this area to diagnose or recover from this problem.
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  • first i want to say this is a wonderful site, and it's good to know you're not alone...i'm a 21 year old college student, and had my jaw broken after being sucker punched and jumped by three 250lb bouncers at a bar (didn't even do anything - all three have felonies now). PLEASE READ THIS IF YOU HAVE YET TO HAVE SURGERY ON YOUR BROKEN JAW AT A HOSPITAL:anyway, i had a temporary wire to close my jaw for 4 days until i got back home to see a surgeon. i have three breaks, one near the hinge (on the angle for med people). the hospital told me i would need plates and might have to have the outside of my face cut open (small incision) to put it in. i was a little feared by this, but scheduled the surgery with the hospital anyway. this was the weekend before thanksgiving that it was broken (Worst time to not be able to eat). they wanted to do the surgery the day before thanksgiving (wesnesday) and fearing the phone call to my parents i almost went through it without them knowing. i eventually gathered the courage to call them when i got out of the hospital that night, and after seeing one of the best oral surgeons in the country he proceeded to tell me i did not need plates or surgery, that the jaw simply need to be wired shut for 4 weeks. he said the residents in the hospital have an acronym MRE (maximum resident exposure), and they sort of trick people into things that will benefit THEM the most. the surgeon also told me by having the actual surgery if it isn't needed you can run the risk of having PERMANENT nerve numbess. Boy was i glad to go to a private practice. I felt mislead by the hospital. enough of that anyway....Now it's been 2 weeks since i've been wired shut, almost three since the accident. The first week is the worst, especially with the temp wires during the first 3 days before surgery, allowing the jaw to move around and cause excruciating pain. the initial shock of the accident, not being able to eat, and all that eventually subsides after about a week. I had braces for over 2 years when i was a kid too, and I'm still scared to death my bite will never be the same. I've lost about 5 pounds so far, and used to lift heavy weights at the gym 3 times a week. I've come to accept I wont have much muscle left at the end of this. I for one, cannot do any foods liquefied in the blender. Perhaps this is because turkey from thanksgiving and chicken broth was just disgusting and I refuse to try anything else.I try to brush my teeth 3 times a day, and use mouthwash many more then that. I notice the mouth stays much drier, causing bad breath quicker then normal (Have to stay fresh for the girlfriend). I have noticed the inside of the teeth gather plaque that will stay until seeing a dentist when you're done. Mouthwash doesn't completely take care of it. I have also noticed the tongue is getting rougher, probably due to no solids touching it, especially brushing the tongue. For those that can't seem to keep on weight, go to your local GNC or vitamin store and buy a WEIGHT GAINER. be sure to mix it with whole milk. lots of protein, 600 calories in a glass, and fat from the milk. this will limit your weight loss and the amount of drinks a day you will have to consume (since the powder is loaded with calories). you will still want to drink several ensures/boost a day, to get the rest of necessary vitamins. I will post again in a few weeks on the experience.Let me just say one more thing, for those of you that think this is the end of the world and you just can't go through this one more day:I had my jaw broken days before thanksgiving. I couldn't enjoy thanksgiving dinner, won't be able to enjoy christmas, or even my 22nd birthday on January 3. I am also an engineering student, and this happened 2 weeks before finals, and the biggest assignments of the year due a week after this happened. But you know what? Instead of sitting there complaining, there is nothing you can do about it. You need to think positive, stay motivated, and plan what you will do and eat when this is over. I said when this first happened, "OK, 5 weeks of ***l." But you start to think about it, after 2 weeks, you have 3 left. After 3 weeks, you have 2 left. And you start to look up. Take it day by day, you will be fine. I pushed myself to study through all this, and have confidence I will do fine on my finals. Yes it's a little harder to concentrate, but you can't let this put you behind, and I refused to drop out of classes and take everything over again. Especially the punks that attacked me, I'm not going to let them get the best of me. On top of all this stress, I have to sit around on the weekends while everyone parties, have to worry about testifying in court now, and have to worry about sueing the bar that hired scum-bag bouncers. If I can get through all this, so can you. THINK POSITIVE, YOU CAN DO THIS.
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    • December 10, 2008
    • 05:54 AM
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  • I just got done with a chorus concert rehearsal when my jaw was broken. A friend a I were going down to the McDonalds near upper darby high school when, out of complete nowhere, I was hit and knocked out for a few seconds. I get up to realize a shocking pain in my face and I also realize I can't talk properly. I'm freaking out crying and screaming. We get to that McDonalds where a manager calls the police. I called my dad earlier that day, he didn't answer. So I had to call my brother, he answered. My Parents get there before the medics, which is sad to say because the medics were right down the street. Anyway, when I get there we had to wait a few minutes for anyone to even take a minute with me. When I'm finally checked out I'm given a room to wait in. I'm told what happened to my face. I took a look at it when I got to that McDonalds, it was pretty bad. My jaw was moved to the left from where it was supposed to be, I was spitting blood when it first happened. So I'm put on morphine, which it's my first time with that, and I had to get it a second time after a half hour or so. I was at the hospital for a few hours. The next day I see a doctor and get knocked out by a needle, not sure what they did. I woke up to find my jaw was wired shut. At first this wasn't an issue. Eventually these things drove me crazy! I wanted to eat so badly! But the worst part was the mental stress they caused. I felt extremely hadicapped. My dad said they didn't change anything during an arguement him and I had, this phrase has scarred me so far. I can't believe he doesn't understand how awful this is for me. What makes it worse is that I'm the first of my entire family line to ever have any bones broken, so I'm burdened with that in my mind. People kept saying I desirved it behind my back and at one point my best friend said I did right in front of me. That hurt a lot, to know that I actually desirved it, I'm not that bad. I'm not sure what I did to desirve them. Nobody desirves this, nobody should be left to feel alone and stupid because of an injury like this. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to go into so much detail about this. I'm just feeling alone in all of this. Anyway, I've had these wires in for since may 12 and it's june 21 now. I'm supposed to be getting them off july 1, but I don't even know anymore, the left wire came undone a little after the doctor fixed the right one, probably because he messed with it, or maybe because I try to eat soup and oatmeal. Either way, the point of the response, may 12 until july 1, about 7 weeks here and hoping for less.
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