FAQ - Jaw Fractures
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How long are jaw alignment braces needed for?

I recently got told to wear removable jaw alignment braces, which are the ones with big blocks on them. They cause my jaw and face to really ache, and look hideous as they're very big and bulky. Does anyone know how long I will have these for before getting fitted braces?
I'm 17 in 2 weeks, and all I want is to hurry up and get fixed braces, but my orthodontist never tells me anything.

it all depends on how badly crooked your teeth are. you may have them for weeks, months or longer. it just all depends on how your teeth were before.
and your orthodontist probably doesn't tell you anything because they never know anything for sure. something could always change and you wouldn't wanna be let down, would you? mine did the same thing. lol.  (+ info)

Does a jaw that deviates to one side when opening considered not normal?

I noticed when opening my bottom jaw, it goes sideways before realigning itself when I close the jaw. I've also been experiencing soreness as of late. The only thing that scares me and points to a cause is I got in an altercation sometime ago and got hit in the jaw pretty hard.

It doesn't sound normal to me, so see a dentist or an orthopedic doctor. I'd sooner go to a dentist first, as he may best be able to make a more professional & accurate diagnosis.  (+ info)

What is the largest angle a human jaw can exhibit without unhinging?

i think it's 45 degrees but is there a world record? Also I wonder if fixed jaw ratios are genetic, gender-specific, or all-around the same. It seems that everyone should physically be able to open their jaws to the max but some people with big mouths have trouble opening their jaws.

I think it's 45 degrees too, you're right. I bet if you stretched your jaw a lot then it could probably start to go farther.  (+ info)

How can i tell if my stress fractures are healed?

Sustained stress fractures during bct. Has been roughly eight weeks since. How do I know if it's safe to run on them again? There is still slight pain if I jog, but walking is no problem. Is this just residual pain? Is any pain at all at this point normal?

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What home remedies are there for a locked jaw?

For a few years, I've had a misaligned jaw and the left side cracked when I opened my mouth really wide. But for the past 2 weeks, the right side of my jaw has just gotten locked and I can't open my mouth completely without pain.

I have read a lot about TMJ and people often advise seeing a dentist or chiropractor, but I was wondering whether anybody has any home remedies I can try first. I have tried massaging and putting a heating towel. Although the heating towel allowed me to open my mouth wider, it still didn't cure the problem.

Also, I tend to sleep with my mouth open and I consistently sleep sideways, which I believe is what caused my misaligned jaw after years and years.

Any advice on what I can do as a last resort before seeking professional help??


See if you can find someone who knows the "KI Method". It is kind of like a massage, but focuses on the points of your body that need healing.  (+ info)

What is the best treatment for spinal compression fractures?

My husband is 83 years old and has numerous compression fractures in his spine and we are trying to find ways to relieve his pain. Any help would be appreciated.

Does your husband have recent urinary/bowel incontinent problem or motor weakness or sensory loss in both legs? If so see a physician ASAP as he may be suffering from cauda equina syndrome. It is also advisable to see the physician as an MRI is likely to determine the extent of damage. Spinal decompression surgery might be warranted if spinal damage is severe. Unfortunately, at this point it sounds like over the counter medication will provide minimal help. NSAID (naproxen) can alleviate some inflammation and provide some relief, but it sounds like you need something stronger that only a physician can prescribe. Best wishes.  (+ info)

When i eat anything my right jaw will start to hurt?

I woke up this morning and ate an apple and this extreme pain into my jaw. The pain is nothing like i have ever felt before. I can not eat anything without having this massive pain. Once i have no food in my mouth i feel nothing. What is wrong with my jaw?

Sounds like TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome.  (+ info)

How can I stop waking with jaw tension and headaches each morning?

I wake with a tense jaw and a dull headache (sometimes a migraine) every morning and have done for quite some time now. I've been thoroughly checked out medically and although I'm told I have nothing serious wrong there is no explanation of why I am feeling like crap every day. I've recently read about TMJD or TMD and have been given a night guard by my denist to try to stop possible jaw clenching. I've only had the guard for about a week but things have not improved - I think they have got worse.
Can anyone else with similar problems tell me how they have gained their life back? My quality of life has gone and I'm sick of having my days ruined.

Get your doctor to order a "sleep study".
I had similar experiences like yours, waking with headaches, jaw pain, etc., woke up feeling like I was having a hang-over.
They found I had developed "sleep apnea".
One stops breathing several times during the night, causing oxygen levels to drop, restless motion during sleep, adding to the lack of restful sleep.
If you do find that sleep apnea is a factor to your condition, they will prescribe a "CPAP" machine.
This helps you to continuous breathing during the night.
The reason many feel like crap that have sleep apnea and don't know it, is because your body is trying to wake you, to start "breathing".
Hope this helps, and best of results to your cure,
Dave  (+ info)

What causes my jaw to hurt when I sleep?

I've never had sleeping problems, especially with my jaw, and I have woken up the past 3 days and the right side of my jaw is KILLING ME! Throughout the day, the pain starts going away, but I'm not sure what it is. My parents say it might be TMJ, and I've never been known to grind my teeth or lock my jaw while I sleep. Anyone else have any suggestions?

ITs like the way you sleep. It happened to my neck before. Sorry but you'll just have to wait... it goes away.
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How long after corrective jaw surgery can you start talking?

I work at home (technical rep) and I am trying to find a good time to schedule my jaw surgery. Anyone that has had the procedure done..how long can you start speaking? I'm not worried about how I will look, because I will be at home most of the time, but when can you start opening your mouth and hold a normal conversation? Thanks!

It depends if they wire your jaws shut or not. I would not plan to do the type of work you do if they wire your jaws shut for about 4 weeks. If not wired shut (though I think generally this does not get as good of results and there is risk for greater complications), I think you're probably looking at 1-2 weeks of not being able to talk a lot.

(When you say "jaw surgery", I assume you are referring to changing of bones in your face that would change your profile, bite, etc.)  (+ info)

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