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What to do if the jaw is dislocated

Dislocated jaw? Under what circumstances can this happen? Can you adjust the jaw again? What are the symptoms and what is the treatment with an orthodontist? We clarify these questions in the following article.

How can the jaw dislocate?

The temporomandibular joint is usually held stable by the temporomandibular joint heads, muscles and connective tissue, but it can dislocate under certain circumstances. The most common causes include accidents, such as a fall, but also violence, such as a blow. However, it is also possible to dislocate the temporomandibular joint if the mouth is opened particularly wide, such as when yawning, eating particularly thick foods such as a burger or at the dentist's during a treatment. However, this often only affects patients whose connective tissue and muscles are weak and who generally tend to have a loose temporomandibular joint.

The jaw cracks

If the jaw cracks while eating and chewing, it is usually not a dislocated jaw. The jaw cracking occurs when the cartilage disc, which is located in the jaw joint between the upper and lower jaw, is not in the optimal position. This can cause symptoms similar to pain.

Dislocated jaw symptoms

A clear symptom of a dislocated jaw is when the jaw is obviously misaligned on one or even both sides. In this case, the lower jaw appears displaced and positioned asymmetrically to the face. The lower jaw protrudes to the right, left or forward. In addition, the mouth can no longer be closed in this situation. This condition is usually accompanied by pain, especially when the jaw is moved. This pain is caused by overworking the muscles. The symptoms appear in combination. This is important to know because toothache can also radiate into the jaw and can be confused with jaw pain.

Put the jaw back in place

After it is clear that the jaw is dislocated, the jaw must be adjusted to eliminate the pain and, above all, to restore the jaw function. Ideally, this was determined by a specialist. X-rays may be necessary for clear identification.

We advise against repositioning the jaw by hand, as serious and additional injuries and further pain can occur if the treatment is not carried out professionally. Under no circumstances should you try to force the jaw shut. An experienced dentist, orthodontist or chiropractor can carry out a successful treatment with trained manipulations within seconds. Since the muscles are stretched a lot during straightening, the treatment can be a little painful for a short time. However, a feeling of relaxation occurs immediately after the jaw has been set in place. A bandage can then be applied to stabilize the jaw for a certain period of time, as the ligaments and muscles have to regenerate and otherwise there is a risk of further dislocation of the jaw.

After treatment

The temporomandibular joint should be spared after the treatment. The surrounding tissue needs to heal and regenerate. Opening the mouth wide increases the risk of the jaw popping out again and should therefore be avoided as a matter of urgency. Bulky foods should be avoided. If a yawn is announced, this should be suppressed as much as possible by counter pressure. The doctor can prescribe medication for acute pain. The healing process is usually straightforward, within a few days.

Surgery on a dislocated jaw

Patients with constant dislocated jaws often have overstretched muscles and ligaments that do not return to their original shape. In this case, the desired stability can be restored by means of an operation. The need for an operation should be discussed in detail with a specialist.

Do you have any questions about treating a dislocated jaw? Then talk to us and we will be happy to advise you in detail. We look forward to your visit to our 360 ┬░ braces orthodontics in D├╝sseldorf.

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