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Causes and Treatment of Jaw Dislocation

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Woman holding her hand to her painful jawJaw dislocation is when the lower jaw moves out of its normal position. It can be a painful and distressing experience, affecting your ability to speak, eat, and breathe comfortably. This article explores the common cause of jaw dislocation and the options available to treat this condition.

What are the causes of Jaw Dislocation?

There are different causes of jaw dislocation. One of the leading causes is trauma. These include accidents, blows to the face, and sports-related injuries that exert enough force to dislocate the jaw joint.

Another cause of jaw dislocation is severe muscle spasms often associated with conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or tetanus, which lead to jaw dislocation. The final cause can be excessive yawning, especially during dental procedures, which may cause the jaw to dislocate temporarily.

What Are Some of the Treatment Options?

Treating jaw dislocation involves repositioning the jaw joint to address any associated issues. Here are some of the main treatment options.

Manual Reduction

A healthcare professional may manually manipulate your jaw and guide it to its normal position. The professional will perform the manual reduction if they assess that the dislocation is minor and that there are no fractures or complications.


During the reduction process, managing pain is essential. Therefore, the healthcare professional may recommend some over-the-counter pain relievers to help alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling.

Physical Therapy or Surgery

The healthcare professional may recommend physical therapy when the jaw dislocation is recurrent or related to underlying muscle or joint issues such as TMJ. Surgery is opted for in rare instances. Some of these rare instances are when there are repeated dislocations or structural problems within the jaw joint.

Surgery aims to correct underlying issues and prevent future dislocations.

In conclusion, jaw dislocation may result from a range of causes. Promptly treating jaw dislocations can help alleviate pain and restore normal jaw function.
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