What to Expect When Recovering from a Broken Jaw

Life happens and it’s nearly impossible to know when something horrible would happen, such as breaking or fracturing your jaw. There are many different ways an individual could break their jaw, while unlucky coincidences do happen you are more likely to break your jaw by:

  • Falling off of a bike or motorcycle
  • Being hit in the face with a ball from any sport
  • Being involved in a car accident
  • Being involved in a physical altercation

While there are dozens of other ways that individuals have broken or fractured their jaws doing normal everyday activities such as taking a simple fall, we have found that the 3 mentioned above are the most common cases we see. Unfortunately, jaw fractures can be extremely painful, but should only be treated by a board-certified maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that your jaw is healing correctly.

If your jaw is broken or fractured it is very common to have your jaw wired or bandaged shut during surgery during the recovery time. For minor fractures or dislocations, it is more common to see bandages used for recovery. If the jaw was completely broken or if the patient is suffering from a large fracture it is much more common to see only wiring used to shut the jaw during recovery. Depending on the severity of the jaw fracture it is normal for patients so have their jaws wired shut from anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks. While not every patient’s recovery time is the same it’s important to listen to your doctor and respect your limitations.

Warning Signs of Complications

If you have any of the following complications or signs of infection it’s detrimental to contact your doctor as soon as possible. Infection or complications can lead to much worse consequences if not properly assessed quickly.

  • Increased swelling
  • Redness
  • Bleeding inside of the mouth
  • Fever or chills
  • Bad smell coming from the mouth
  • Increased or excessive pain that is not treatable by ibuprofen

Facial traumas such as jaw fractures in the Inland Empire are serious injuries and should be treated as such. It’s important to visit your doctor or your local Emergency Room as soon as possible to determine the extent of the damage that was done. Dr. Punjabi is a board-certified maxillofacial surgeon and has treated hundreds of patients that suffered from fractured jaws. If you or your loved one has recently suffered from a jaw fracture or a broken jaw, give our staff at Terracina Surgical Arts a call to schedule your consultation with Dr. Punjabi.