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Recovery After a Dislocated Jaw is Slow For a Reason

Posted on 5/29/2020 by Vladana Babcic Tal DMD
Recovery After a Dislocated Jaw is Slow For a Reason
Reports of a dislocated jaw are common at a dentist's office. This is because the causes span through a wide range of possibilities. Too much yawning or excessive chewing of gum could land you in front of a dentist with a dislocated jaw. There are other harder experiences that could lead to a dislocation such as being part of an accident or having a dental procedure that went wrong. In whichever case, a jaw dislocation is treatable and full recovery can be expected under the supervision a dentist.

What Are The Symptoms And Treatment For A Dislocated Jaw?

Some of the symptoms include bruises on the face and jaw, having some dislodged teeth, pain while opening your mouth and difficulty in chewing. The most obvious symptom is when you can see that your jaw moves to a side in an unusual manner when you try to speak. Sometimes patients experience pain in their facial muscles. The treatment depends on your doctor's assessment. Sometimes they need to fit their fingers into your mouth and bring back the jaw to its right position. After this they use special bandages to secure the jaw to the rest of the head for support.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Jaw Dislocation Treatment?

Recovery time takes a while because the jaw joints are small and delicate. There are times when a doctor resolves to surgery that will reduce the ligaments holding them together. This is so that the jaw can fit perfectly back inside the socket. After the procedure the mouth is wired shut or held to the rest of the head using a bandage.
The healing process can take up to 6 weeks. During this time the dentist should be monitoring the patient while conducting physical exercises on the jaw. Schedule an appointment with us and get more information about the process of healing dislocated jaws.
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