Dental

Ask a Dentist. Get Answers to Your Dental Questions.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Dental

Can your fractured jaw get better without it been wired shut

Customer Question
and how long does it...
can your fractured jaw get better without it been wired shut and how long does it take?
Submitted: 7 years ago.Category: Dental
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dental Question
Answered in 7 minutes by:
8/20/2010
Dentist: dr sehr, Doctor replied 7 years ago
dr sehr
dr sehr, Doctor
Category: Dental
Satisfied Customers: 338
Experience: MBBS ,PGT
Verified
Hi,Welcome to justanswer,
Dear customer,

The specific treatment for a fractured jaw depends on how badly the bone is broken. If you have a minor fracture, you may only need pain medicines and to follow a soft or liquid diet for a while.

Temporarily bandaging the jaw (around the top of the head) to prevent it from moving may help reduce pain.

Surgery is often needed for moderate to severe fractures. The jaw may be wired to the teeth of the opposite jaw to improve stability. Jaw wires are usually left in place for 6 - 8 weeks. Small rubber bands (elastics) are used to hold the teeth together. After a few weeks, some of the elastics are removed to allow motion and reduce joint stiffness.

After dislocating your jaw, you should not open your mouth widely for at least 6 weeks as it take 6 to 8 weeks to heal if bones are at proper balance. Support your jaw with one or both hands when yawning and sneezing.

Regards

Best wishes

dr sehr
dr sehr, Doctor
Category: Dental
Satisfied Customers: 338
Experience: MBBS ,PGT
Verified
dr sehr and 87 other Dental Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Dentist: Mark Bornfeld, DDS, Dentist replied 7 years ago
Mark Bornfeld, DDS
Category: Dental
Satisfied Customers: 6,025
Experience: Clinical instructor, NYU College of Dentistry; 37 years private practice experience in general dentistry, member Academy of General Dentistry, ADA, American Academy of Oral Medicine
Verified

Dear JACUSTOMER-0fyv3uft,

Wiring the jaws together is considered the appropriate treatment for all jaw fractures, unless the fracture is limited to one or two teeth. Depending on the location and orientation of the fracture, surgical reduction, with wiring of the broken bone segments, is also sometimes necessary.

The wiring together of the jaws not only promotes healing of the broken bone, but also prevents displacement of the broken segments, which could otherwise inflict additional injury to the soft tissues, blood vessels, and nerves which run through the bones. Application of this procedure is somewhat time-critical, because non-union of the fracture, or displacement of the broken segments, may necessitate surgical re-positioning. I would strongly suggest that you consult with an oral surgeon so that appropriate treatment can be provided as soon as possible.

Ask Your Own Dental Question
Ask dr sehr Your Own Question
dr sehr
dr sehr
dr sehr, Doctor
Category: Dental
Satisfied Customers: 338
338 Satisfied Customers
Experience: MBBS ,PGT

dr sehr is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!!

Janet VPhoenix, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Mark Bornfeld, DDS

Mark Bornfeld, DDS

Dentist

6,025 satisfied customers

Clinical instructor, NYU College of Dentistry; 37 years private practice experience in general dentistry, member Academy of General Dentistry, ADA, American Academy of Oral Medicine

Dr. Alex

Dr. Alex

Dentist

1,607 satisfied customers

I am a General Dentist and founder of the American School of Dental Assisting

Dr. George McKee

Dr. George McKee

Dentist

1,392 satisfied customers

Licensed dentist with 30 years clinical experience in general practice and cosmetic reconstruction.

Dr. Girish

Dr. Girish

Dentist

788 satisfied customers

19 years of clinical experience in all phases of Dentistry.

Julian Chen

Julian Chen

Dentist

567 satisfied customers

Practicing General Dentist since 2002

Dr. Winterholler

Dr. Winterholler

Dentist

266 satisfied customers

4 years Private Practice, Heavy emphasis on Cosmetic Dentistry and Implants, Top 10% of Dental Class

Dr. Mitch

Dr. Mitch

Dentist

211 satisfied customers

DMD General Dentist Private Practice Over 20 yrs.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dental Questions
I have had extremely painful blisters on my tongue and lips
I have had extremely painful blisters on my tongue and lips for 2 weeks. I have tried yogurt and cottage cheese and entertainment secret. It feels like I have been chewing hot peppers 24/7. It is so p… read more
Sean C
Sean C
Dr
DMD
15 satisfied customers
I have an extremely inflamed plica fimbriata... the pain is
I have an extremely inflamed plica fimbriata... the pain is horrible. It seems to have gotten worse after my visit today to my dentist. Will this go away? what can I do? … read more
Sean C
Sean C
Dr
DMD
15 satisfied customers
I got a wisdom tooth removed 10 days ago, the pain around
Good evening,I got a wisdom tooth removed 10 days ago, the pain around that area only cleared up a couple of days ago. Now I've noticed that if you press on the tooth next to the extraction site, it i… read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,677 satisfied customers
I recently had oral surgery. The surgeon accidentally
I recently had oral surgery. The surgeon accidentally lasered my tongue (3 times) and it is very painful. Will it heal on it's own? Is there any treatment?… read more
Root Canal Doctor
Root Canal Doctor
Doctoral Degree
1,892 satisfied customers
Seeking ORAL/MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY expert, ASAP I'm a 66
Hi, Seeking ORAL/MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY expert, ASAP Hi I'm a 66 year old male who recently rubbed the underside of the right side of my chin and noticed both some mild discomfort when rubbed. And, alt… read more
Lara Coseo
Lara Coseo
Owner
Doctor of Dental Surgery
327 satisfied customers
I'm in a little pain with the very back of my tongue. It
Hi there. I'm in a little pain with the very back of my tongue. It hurts a little to talk, it hurts a lot to move food around my mouth and it hurts to swallow but not because my throat is sore, it's d… read more
Lara Coseo
Lara Coseo
Owner
Doctor of Dental Surgery
327 satisfied customers
Feel throbbing pain upper and lower left side with a
feel throbbing pain upper and lower left side with a headache, come and goes … read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,677 satisfied customers
I had dental surgery 24 days ago and had 3 teeth removed, I
I had dental surgery 24 days ago and had 3 teeth removed, I was sedated. Last night I started coughing pretty hard and apart of a tooth flew into my hand, should I be worried about more … read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,677 satisfied customers
In feb 2017 I had a surgery to close an oro antral fistula
Hi, in feb 2017 I had a surgery to close an oro antral fistula done by a maxillofacial surgeon. After a couple of follow-up appointment with him he concluded the case was a closed one (the closure suc… read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,677 satisfied customers
I have a pain in the roof of my mouth for 5 days, the pain
I have a pain in the roof of my mouth for 5 days, the pain moves from hard palate to the soft palate. It's not in the same place. The pain is the same as when my palate is burnt. There are no lacerati… read more
Root Canal Doctor
Root Canal Doctor
Doctoral Degree
1,892 satisfied customers
I had an orthodontics/cosmetic surgery question! I have an
Hello! I had an orthodontics/cosmetic surgery question! I have an overbite due to sucking my thumb well into my teens. I'm a 29 year old female and I'm interested in having surgery to correct this. I … read more
Just Dental Truths!
Just Dental Truths!
Dentist
Doctoral Degree
1,092 satisfied customers
I have a painful root canal with pain all the way to my ear
Hi. I have a painful root canal with pain all the way to my ear and eye on left side of my face. I feel swollen around tooth, and having hard time swallowing on left side. There is no dentist opened o… read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,677 satisfied customers
I have pain on the bottom right side of my mouth on the gum
I have pain on the bottom right side of my mouth on the gum that extends beyond my wisdom tooth. My wisdom tooth has been gone for years and ive never had an issue. I dont have any pain in my teeth. N… read more
Lara Coseo
Lara Coseo
Owner
Doctor of Dental Surgery
327 satisfied customers
I have had major jaw surgery. Bone from leg to rebuild jaw.
I have had major jaw surgery. Bone from leg to rebuild jaw. I now have a jaw that is being pulled to the right and is causing pain and disfigurement of the mouth. Do I have any options? … read more
Lara Coseo
Lara Coseo
Owner
Doctor of Dental Surgery
327 satisfied customers
I had Rapid Palatal Expansion surgery 20 years ago, now
I had Rapid Palatal Expansion surgery 20 years ago, now there seems to be a "crater" in the root area of my upper jaw just under my nose. It's an ache and sensitive to heat and cold. My dentist did a … read more
Lara Coseo
Lara Coseo
Owner
Doctor of Dental Surgery
327 satisfied customers
What is recovery like after dental implant surgery? How
What is recovery like after dental implant surgery? How quickly can you run/ play sports, or eat normal food?… read more
Lara Coseo
Lara Coseo
Owner
Doctor of Dental Surgery
327 satisfied customers
I had upper jaw surgery to correct an underbite 2 years ago.
Hi, I had upper jaw surgery to correct an underbite 2 years ago. I suspect something hasn't healed/fused properly with my upper jaw because there is still movement of my front upper teeth when I bite … read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,677 satisfied customers
I've had double-jaw surgery, 2 chin surgeries (geniplasties)
I've had double-jaw surgery, 2 chin surgeries (geniplasties) and some lower jaw contouring performed in the last 5 years. Based on the attached photos, can you tell me if there is anything not quite r… read more
Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz
Dentist / Anesthesiologist
Doctoral Degree
3,677 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x