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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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  • hey, i am a 17 old boy who suffered multiple facial fractures back in october. my accident was caused from falling off a off a bike ramp face first. well i was hospitalized for 3 weeks and got sent home with wires and a neck collar, i have finally got rid of my wires and i am so glad, but there is one thing i am curious and scared of. my jaw currently sticks out creating a wider appearance :( does anyone know if this will heal in time? any info will be great.
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    • December 5, 2007
    • 02:57 AM
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  • I had a nasty fall on a wet bathroom floor and had a lot of initial pain and soreness with a little bit of bruising on the point of impact. I went to my campus health clinic, and the doctor there sent me to go have x-rays taken. The radiologist said that I had broken it on the left side, so I was sent to the emergency room. I told the doctors there what the radiologist had said; they took more x-rays and told me it was broken, but I needed to see an oral surgeon to develop a treatment plan, but I could wait until Monday (it was Friday evening) to see him, since it seemed minor. I went to see the oral surgeon, who also took x-rays, only to inform me that you can't tell if a jaw is broken from an x-ray. He said that he thought I probably just had blood pooling in the joint, which was causing my discomfort and inability to open or close my jaw very well. He said the best course of treatment was to move my jaw as much as possible and use a warm compress. I did that, and since I was in relatively little pain to begin with, I felt pretty much fine and regained much more mobility within a week or so.About 6 weeks later, I had an appointment with my dentist, and I told him about the injury, saying I fell and hurt it and that the oral surgeon deemed it not broken. He then asked me if the injury was to my left side, which it was and proceeded to show me the fracture on the x-ray. I have full mobility now and my teeth are aligned once again and I chew recklessly, but on occasion I get shooting pains and aches in my jaw.Sorry for the long story...I just wanted to put this out there since I found next to no information about minor jaw fractures when I was looking for some guidance. I also wanted to inquire as to how valid x-rays are in diagnosing minor fractures.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 7, 2008
    • 08:39 AM
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  • I broke my jaw on christmas eve. I fainted from standing up quickly and fell directly on my chin on a concrete floor. (I am 6'1" tall so it was a long fall haha) I went to the ER and they told me I had broken my jaw in five places. Both Joints, an additional break on each side, and one in the center of the lower part of my jaw. I had a metal plate inserted and my mouth wired shut. I got my full bands off after 3 weeks, and I have to wear two bands now until the beginning of march. I am healing rather well but my teeth are very misaligned and I will have to get braces after these arch bars come off. I have no nerve damage which is good, bc i will get to keep all my teeth. Thankfully I had one of the best maxofacial surgeons in the country operate on my jaw (He came in on Christmas day which was very nice) So he knew what he was doing. The doctor has told me many times, after about 3 months, things feel a lot better, but it will take about a full year for a 90% recovery. You will never be 100% the same. I was told i would only be able to open my mouth 30mm, but on my 2nd checkup i opened it 33mm, so the doctor was happy and said I can do exercises to open it further. To everyone reading this, just know it takes time, It is probably the worst injury to have both physically and mentally, but hang in there.
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    • February 7, 2008
    • 08:55 PM
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  • Hello, My name is Brooke. My jaw was broken on Nov. 29th, 2006 by my boyfriend at the time. Anyway, He hit me across the face and broke my jaw in three places. It was odd at first because I didn't notice that it was broken. I went to look in the mirror to see how red my face was. When I looked into the mirror I was horrified! All my teeth on the bottom row were just jumbled together on the right side of my mouth. I could see on my right side where it had broken. I saw my jaw and gums split in half with blood everywhere! I couldn't close my mouth. The left side of my jaw was broken in two places. One of my wisdom teeth had been knocked out. I freaked out and called 911! I put ice on it right away! The EMT's Showed up and I asked is it broken? Of course i knew it was, but you know how you just want to hear from someone else that it is broken. So i arrive at the ER where I had an X-ray done to confirm that my jaw was broken pretty bad. I was transfred to another hospital where they had a wonderful oral surgon that would evaluate me and peice me back together.When i got to the next hospital they took x-rays ans then preped me for surgry. After six long hours of surgry, I woke up with my mouth wired shut. I rember the taste of blood in my mouth, it was awful. I spent a day in the hospital before I went home. My lips were so swollen that my lips split open. I had stiches where my jaw had broken on my right side, and more on my left from th removal my wisdom tooth. I looked awful! I was black and blue fro the next three months! As well as wired shut. It was about Feb. 22nd of 2007 when i got my wires removed! I was so happy! The doctor asked me to open my mouth and I about passed out! But, After all the ENSURE and Baby food... I'm almost back to normal. I still have sharp pains from time to time and sometimes my jaw locks up and keeps me up at night. but overall I have learned a lot. Like how to put almost anything in a blender, and how slurp pudding through a straw. My advise for anyone who has a broken jaw is try to see through it, it will be over before you know it! oh yeah, don't forget to show off your GRILL!
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  • I broke my jaw 4 weeks ago. I had it wired for 3, and am a week in to having elastics to support it. I cannot open my mouth enough to fit food in. The doctor told me it'll take some time but eventually it will open up! Two more weeks of this, then I have to try progressively opening bit by bit, Man, I can't wait, you all know how tiring meal supplements and milk shakes can get.
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  • today is actually exactly 6 weeks since i had my jaw wired together. I fractured it a couple days before i got wired. i'm in taekwondo and i caught a heel to my lower left chin which basically pushed my jaw to the right messing up the right side too. luckily i didn't have to have surgery, but the wiring was just awful. My face ballooned up to about triple the size it normally is on my left side and i had brusing all around my neck/chin/chest area because my body was trying to get blood to the wounded area.time with mouth wired: 40 daysweight before wiring: 143 poundsweight after 40 days of wiring: 121 poundsdiet for the last 6 weeks:What i ate daily: 2x ensure/big bowl of jello/2-3 cups of green tea with honey/yogurt/protein mixWhat i ate occasionally: pureed soup/ice cream milkshakes/banana peanut butter smoothiesWhat i ate when desperate: pureed bbq chicken with beer/pureed ramen with egg/ pureed apples with sausagesi just got them off 3 days ago. first meal was french toast with eggs and sausages. then i had some fried rice for dinner. the next day i had a italian beef and pad thai noodles.i don't think i should be eating such hard foods though because my face has actually gotten more swollen since i started eating normally. Anybody else have a problem with eating right after the wires came off? im hoping ill be back to normal soon. im sick of eating soft foods
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  • Hi I broke my jaw during a soccer game (I'm the goalie for Jacob Hespeler, and i came out on a one-on-one and got kneed on the right side of my face), I broke it in two places, one being at the angle of the mandible and the other at the front of the chin. It's been 3 weeks now and i have to say its a pain having to watch your friends eat food, while you drink milkshakes through a straw :P. I was wondering if anyone else who has had(or has) a broken jaw gets unsoportable pain where their bone has broken while your in the healing process(I keep getting random pains, even when I'm sitting down doing absoloutly nothing), I wanted to know if this is nromal for this type of injury???
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  • I just broke my jaw about 1 week ago, because a fight in school. My oral surgon is a real **s, because he doesnt believe in pain. I started off with rubberbands, and I got my wires about 2 days ago. Does anyone know about how long it will be before I get these bad boys off?
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  • well I got my jaw broken in a car crash, 15 or so years ago now.It was really bad, wires up for long time, other injury too.All my feeling came back. My jaw changed alot, and is pushed in a bit so didn't like who I look on side profile.Also, when i was healed, they said they wanted to break it again, i never went back. Now I have a sore jaw once in a while, and have to go find a doctor who will take it serious as I have moved.Its up to you to take care of your jaw ! nobody else will !It heals up, it isn't the end of the world.I used to blender everything, I didn't loose that much weight as I just drank lots of calories, and did a little working out....I ate pizza right away when wires off, and that hurt.... just hold on a few days, move your jaw alot to build up mustle, stay away from hard candy for a year, and be very carefull for a year not to injure it again... Your broken jaw will stay with you for life in one way or another.... but everyone has something wrong ... its not so bad ... but learn about it and take care of it.My jaw has been out not straight for 15 years, I should have had it fixed, but it's amazing how your bones hold up, they are stong and heal.
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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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  • the exact same thing happened to me on the 27th april, got jumped and its fractured at the chin and below the left socket, metal plates put on the chin and 2 bands holding my teeth together hopefully have them taken out this friday if ive got my bite ok
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  • I also had the same injury happen on 04/15 playing softball after falling on my face after tripping on first base. Fractured my right jaw right underneath the joint and the chin on the opposite side. I just had my wires removed a few days ago after 5 very long weeks. I'm eating soft foods now, but anything is better than blended soups and shakes. I never had a plate put in my chin since it wasn't discovered until 3 weeks after I had the wires put on. My bottom teeth don't feel right because they shifted a little. The best way to descrbe it is that they feel "weak". My bite is not the same as it was before and I've come to accept the fact that it might never be. Getting your wires removed is not the end of this nightmare like I thought it would be. Its alot better once that part is done, but there is still work to be done. I have no idea how much more time I have to go before I can fully open my mouth and chew normally. But for those of you that are still wired up, just be patient. Even though I know how hard that is to be. I've had other injuries and by far this is the worst to recover from. I call it torture, which to me at least it was and still is.
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  • My jaw (mandible) was broke in one place after I was hit by a stone. I've had jaws wired shut together for more than 6 weeks. When the doctor remove the blockage I found intense pain in left mandible joint and I felt this is not my bite. After the night sleep I found that mandible move a little and now the bite is complete wrong. I have only one contact between 2 teeth (one from maxilla and one from mandible) I have no contact between my back teeth on any side of the mouth. I simply cannot eat. I need an advice please.
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  • Catalin, I'm not a doctor, so I would recomend you see a maxillofacial surgeon asap. Thats not normal after having been wired shut for that long. Did your doctor ever tighten them during this time or were they ever tight enough? Whatever it was, it apparently wasnt done correctly. You shouldnt be able to move not only your jaw but you entire mouth including your chin. Sometimes the wires loosen up over time and they need to tighten them or they are basically ineffective to heal your jaw properly. After having been wired for 5 weeks myself, my bite is not perfect, but I have contact with my upper and lower teeth and I'm slowly starting to chew. If your not able to eat, they'll probably need to re-fracture your jaw to put it back in place and re-wire it shut. I'm curious to what your doctor told you after you told him about your bite. What did your doctor recomend to you do?
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  • I had a fall from my bike and got 3 fractures(either side of jaw) and the chin.,. my teeth were broken and dislodged..., got admitted in hospital.,, got a wire,2 plates and 4 screws fixed and few stitches after operation i.e after 2 days(now i'm jus angry on the hospital guys or d doctor- y the ***l they dint do d operation d same day ?)now i have a bad bite(front teeth not touching)..,. i think if they would hav done d operation on d same day i might have got my normal bite.Also my doc told me to do some jaw exercises which now i think added fuel for the bad bite,.,for 2 days they just got the bleeding under my chin stop by a bandaid cloth. they did not give any support to my jaw(of course i didnt know anythin about jaw frcture tat time)I dont want to write more and bug(or bore) u people,, this is jus what i felt and hoping tat my bite will be fine one day,. thank you for reading this,.,pls feel free to ask anything here.,.-901-
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  • ive had my wires on for almost weeks and next week i get them off. my question is how do your teeth feel once the wires come off and my surgen suggested going to a dentist in a few weeks to have my teeth cleaned and checked out. id like to hear from someone who has had their wires off and how it was and what your teeth felt like once they came off
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  • I had 4 wisdom teeth removed 3 weeks ago. Yesterday I was chewing some bacon (not the hardest thing I had eaten since the surgury) when I felt a painful crunch in my lower right jaw. I started swelling on the right side and immediately called the oral surgeon. We took x-rays but nothing unusual showed up. After reading a lot of different sites, I'm pretty sure my jaw fractured, but in a way that didn't show up on the x-ray (it was pretty poor quality).Anybody had anything like this happen? I'm still not sure that it's broken, but it really hurts and is still swollen. Ibuprofen helps. It's definitely worse after eating (even the pretty soft stuff I've had since seeing the doctor yesterday.)
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  • I have other interventions and my bite it's good enough. I can chew.Now I face another problem. I can open my mouth only half way full.Do you know if this could be improved in time?:confused:There are 4 weeks since I've had mouth hardware removed.
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  • I broke my jaw (don't laugh but I really did fall down the stairs) six weeks ago and had to have my mouth wired shut for 5 weeks. This certainly help me get rid of half a stone in weight I had wanted to lose. The braces and wires came off last Monday but I guess it will take a while longer before I can eat things like vegetables or walnuts etc.I broke my jaw in three places: left, right and in the chin area. According to the x-ray all healed well and my teeth are nicely aligned. I lost three teeth though. Luckily this was at the back so you can't really see it. It will mean a lot of time and money for dental work.I still can't open my mouth wide and the right side of my face feels numb. I sometimes have painful twinges in my right ear. I believe it will be the same as with all fractures and will take well over a year until everything is back to normal.To tell you the truth, don't laugh at me either I fell going up the stairs. Well I tripped up the first step and landed right on the right side of my jaw and broke in the front left and back right side. Like one guy stated I have no feeling, except the tingly itch from the middle of my jaw up to the right side. The stupid thing I did was take my wires out a few days ago after only 3 weeks, now I am having trouble removing the brace from the top and bottom jaw.
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