The broken or dislocated jaw is sort of an injury to one or both joints that connect the lower jawbone with the skull. The joints are known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ can crack, break or become unhinged from the skull. The unhinging of the joints is called the dislocation.
The fractured or broken jaw might cause the problem while you eat or breathe. You must seek the medical attention immediately to avoid any complications and issue including the fast recovery.
The most immediate symptoms of a broken jaw are the pain, swelling and bleeding. You could feel the swelling on your entire face, which makes the movement of your jaw very painful or makes it stiff.
You could also feel numbness and bruising in the face if you have jaw fracture or broken jaw. The broken bone could cause other abnormalities with the shape of the face.
Having a jaw injury requires it to be treated as an emergency. Support your lower jaw while you seek the medical attention to stabilize it and keep your airway open.
Dislocated jaw: The doctor needs to manipulate the dislocated jaw to get back it into the right position. Sometimes it could be done manually. The doctor would give you anesthesia and muscle relaxants to reduce the pain and to help the jaw muscles to loosen up that will allow the manipulation. Sometimes the surgery might be necessary to set the TMJ back in the normal shape.
Broken Jaw: Treating a fractured or broken jaw might also need the surgery. It depends on the severity of the injury. Clean breaks might heal their own while the jaw is immobilized. Multiple fractures of the jawbone or dislocated breaks in the parts of the bone that’s pushed off to one side might need surgery to get repaired.
The doctor could treat the dislocation of minor fracture by wrapping a bandage around the head and under the chin to avoid the wide opening of the jaw. In severe cases the doctor might go with the wiring to accelerate the recovery.
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