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Jaw Pain Following Any Type of Fall Signals a Problem

Posted on 11/25/2018 by Dr. Michael Allard
Jaw Pain Following Any Type of Fall Signals a ProblemIf you've fallen and hurt your face, you may have done more damage than you initially realize. While the pain might go away with some over-the-counter medication and some ice, it may come back. It might also get worse.

When that occurs, there's a good chance you've damaged your jaw worse than you thought. It's also very possible that you've displaced or damaged your teeth.

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If you've taken a fall and hit your face, you should come in to see us even if you don't believe the damage is too serious. Sometimes, the damage doesn't fully appear for weeks or even months. One possible issue is that you may have fractured your jaw.

If that's the case, you might need surgery. A simple fracture may be fixed fairly easily, though your jaw is likely to be wired into place while it heals. More serious fractures can require plates or screws to be placed in your jaw. Without seeing us, it can be difficult to tell just how bad your fall was.

Jaw Pain Can Indicate Damage to the TMJ

A fall can also damage your temporomandibular joint or TMJ. This can lead to TMJ disorder that makes it painful to open your mouth or chew. There are a number of different treatment options here, but again, you have to come see us so we can help you determine the best course of action.

Any sort of pain that lasts longer than 24 hours is serious and indicates much more than just a bump. If your pain gets worse or if it lasts for more than a day, you need to contact us as soon as you can and make an appointment. You likely have damaged your jaw in some way that is going to require treatment.
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