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Why You May Want to See Us If Your Jaw Hurts After Falling
Posted on 12/21/2020 by Dr. Michael Allard
Your jaw can hurt due to the injury sustained during an accident or when you fall. The pain can be severe, especially if you suffer a dislocated or broken jaw. Even more fatal where the dislocation involves one or both temporomandibular joints (TMJs). TMJs are joints that connect the lower jawbone to your skull. Besides hurting you so much, a dislocated jaw will negatively impact your eating and breathing ability. That is the reason you need to go for treatment as soon as possible to avoid further complications.
Why You Should Visit an Oral Surgeon
Don't wait too long if you experience persistent pain in your jaw after a fall. Instead, you need to visit us as soon as possible to have your jaw injury evaluated thoroughly. In the case of a fracture, our dentists will refer you to an oral surgeon for further examination. If the fracture is simple, the oral surgeon will set it by manipulating your jawbones back to their original positions. No incision will be necessary for such a fracture, although the surgeon may use wires to hold your jaws in place. From there, you will go about your business as the pain eases.
Why Surgery May be Necessary
If the injury is a complex one, our oral surgeon may decide on the best form of action. Most likely, the surgeon will suggest orthognathic (jaw) surgery, depending on your injury. The surgery will involve the use of plates and screws in your jaws to speed up the healing process. This treatment will be necessary for you in the event that you develop a problem with your MTJs or where a traumatic facial injury is involved. If your jaw is not fractured, we may propose the idea of using pain management techniques to make you comfortable. For more information about the treatment of jaw pain, contact us, or visit our offices today.