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Have pain in molar. Had a punch on face and head. What to do for jaw regaining its function?

Hi i got punched on the side of my head and face yesterday early morning and experiencing pain when i want to use my molars to chew my food. Ive just been chewing food on my incisors. I cannot chew food on my back teeth [molars] as it is painful to do so. Is there any quickfix/remedy out there to help my jaw regain its normal function
Asked On : Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

According to your history there could be a chance of fracture of the mandible, mobility, tenderness over the TMJ, disturbance of occlussion or an dentoalveolar fracture.
I would suggest you to visit to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and get a checkup done take an OPG Radiograph, fractures in the mouth can be treated with intraoral fixations and wiring.
Strat with tab Amoxiclav 625mg twice and tab Zerodol twice for 3-5 days.
Take semisolid diet which is easy to chew, liquid juices, soup.
Maintain a good oral hygiene, use chlorhexidine mouthwash gargles twice daily.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

Did you notice any swelling associated with pain.?

Is there any difficulty in opening and closing of your mouth?did you take pain killers?

you are not able to chew from your molars because the jaw would have got fractured after receiving the blow.

some times the impact of injury is such that it fractures and loosen only the tooth and jaw remains intact.

It could be a simple blow and just an inflammation of tissues too,causing temporary discomfort.

so i mean here it should be well examined clinically by clinical methods and then if required a x ray should be taken.

For that you need to visit your dentist and get thorougly can also take an x ray to know if the jaw is fractured.

many a times it is not very obvious that there is a fracture but it is best to get diagnosed and treated to prevent malunion .

Meanwhile do not eat any hard foodstuff on that side,restrict yourself to semisolid diet till it is well diagnosed and treated.

Hope it helps.


Take care.
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello and welcome to hcm,

Since you are experiencing pain in your back tooth,Your temporomandibular joint may be fractured or dislocated.
I would suggest you to get a thorough clinical and radiographic examination.
Please avoid mouth opening too widely.
If your jaws are dislocated,please try to keep them in original position by lifting the jaw with your hands.
Also check whether molars are fractured.
If required,root canal treatment is adviced.
Immobilisation /jaw fixation has to be done if jaws are dislocated.
Hope this helps.
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