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Fractured jaw while removing lower left wisdom tooth, still swollen and tender to touch. How long does it take to reduce ?

i got a fractured jaw while my dentist removed my lower left wisdom tooth . it happened 6 weeks ago today and im due to go back to work tomorrow. im an early childhood teacher and work with under twos. my jaw is still swollen and tender to touch. the dental surgons did not wired my month closed or operate as it was fully broken. it is normal to have swelling still and when i bite down im biting my left cheek is this normal too? i concerned i may make the injury worse if i go back to work
Asked On : Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
hello there ,

Fractured jaw simply cannot be neglected , swelling and pain are the signs of inflammation and will subside with time as the fracture heals.

You need to assess the amount of frature , for this i would suggest you to get an OPG radiograph done for your jaw which will show the entire picture of the jaw line , alveolar bone and teeth.

The fractured fragment needs to be assessed , if it is hairline fracture it will heal with time .

if the fracture is severe , you need to go for splintting and complete immobalization .

please approach an oral surgeon and get the examination done , till then maintain good oral hygiene , immobalize the jaw , eat soft food and drink lot of water .

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello and welcome to hcm forum,

The fractured jaws will heal gradually which will usually takes time.
The Jaws may be approximated by splinting/wiring.
I would suggest you to take complete rest and the jaws has to be immobilised.
Avoid mouth opening too widely.
Take complete course of antibiotics and analgesics .
Please take light,soft foods since hard foods can interfere with healing.
An x-ray will help to find out the progress of healing.
Cheek biting is due to the stretched mucosa which interfere while speech,chewing food etc.
Take care.
Answered: Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for posting the query,

Tenderness and swelling in the jaw is due to fracture in the jaw . I would like to tell you that wisdom tooth extraction is not a simple procedure it is somewhat complicated surgical procedure foolowed by many postoperative complications , it is traumatic and time consuming.

I would suggest you to take an OPG x-ray , this will show status of the fractured bone , look for mobility in the jaw , any disturbed occlusion .
I suppose that you have to get your jaw immobilised for some days , discuss this with your dentist.

Take complete rest , eat semisolid diet.
Take complete course of antibiotics and analgesic , use saline water gargles , use antiseptic mouthwash gargles twice daily.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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