Broken Jaw: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Broken Jaw Overview

You can suffer a broken jaw in a multitude of ways and it is a facial injury that commonly occurs when playing contact sports. It is also a painful injury which can result in your jaw being wired shut to aid recovery.

Broken Jaw

Broken Jaw

If you sustained a broken jaw whether because you were involved in a road traffic accident, because you fell or because you were the victim of a physical assault and you are not happy with the NHS broken jaw diagnosis and treatment you receive, you could be entitled to free medical care in your area. The guide below provides essential reading on the injury itself together with the symptoms associated with a fractured jaw. It covers treatment options and physiotherapy aftercare needed to get you back to normal sooner, safely.

To find out more about a broken jaw injury and whether you would qualify for free medical treatment, physiotherapy aftercare and medical aids all of which could help speed up your recovery from this type of facial injury, please click on the Select a Section below.

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What is the Definition of a Broken Jaw?

A broken jaw is a facial injury where both or just one joint that connects your skull to your lower jawbone is negatively impacted. These joints are known as the “temporomandibular joints” and they can be fractured, cracked or dislocated from your skull if you sustain any sort of blunt force trauma to this part of your face. Sustaining a fractured jaw results in not being able to breath, drink or eat and as such, you must seek medical attention without delay to reduce the risk of any complications developing.

Many people throughout the UK do not realise they may be entitled to free medical treatment and aftercare following an accident or incident that left them with a broken jaw. To find out whether you would qualify for this type of medical care in your area, please speak to one of our health experts today.

What are the Most Common Causes of a Broken Jaw?

As previously mentioned, there are numerous ways you could sustain a broken jaw, but the most common causes are detailed below:

  • You suffer a physical assault
  • While playing sports
  • You were involved in a road traffic accident or collision
  • You fall while at home
  • You fall or were involved in an incident at work

If you suffered a broken jaw whether in a car accident or other incident that left you with this type of facial injury, you must seek medical attention without delay by going to the Accident and Emergency department of your local hospital. The sooner a fractured jaw can be correctly diagnosed and treated, the sooner you would be made to feel more comfortable. Having your injury treated without delay also reduces the risk of any more damage being done to your jaw which could lead to further complications developing.

If you are at all unhappy with an NHS broken jaw diagnosis and/or the broken bone report you received, you may be entitled to a free orthopaedic assessment of the report which could highlight anything that may have been missed. To find out whether you would qualify, please call one of our health experts today.

What are the Symptoms of a Broken Jaw?

A fractured jaw can be a painful facial injury that requires immediate medical attention. With this said, you may have sustained a hairline fracture to your jaw which tends to be less painful than a communited fracture or an open fractured jaw. The most common broken jaw symptoms are detailed below:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Swelling
  • A numbness in your lower lip or your chin
  • Difficulty closing or opening your mouth
  • Bruising and bleeding inside your mouth
  • Trouble eating, drinking, breathing or speaking

Your entire face may swell up should you have sustained a broken jaw and there may be bleeding from your mouth. This can cause serious complications because the blood may prevent you from breathing properly because it may have blocked your airways. Other broken jaw symptoms could include the following:

  • A noticeable change of shape in your face and jaw
  • Your jaw may have a “lumpy” appearance about it
  • Some of your teeth may have been loosened or fallen out

If you experience any of the above symptoms, you must seek medical attention as a matter of urgency. If you are finding it hard to breath, you should call for an ambulance to take you to A&E so your injury can be correctly diagnosed and treated as a matter or urgency.

Do I Need Treatment for a Broken Jaw?

As previously mentioned, a broken jaw can be a serious facial injury that should be treated as soon as possible. Even if you suspect that your jaw may be dislocated rather than broken, you should still have your injury examined by a medical professional as soon as possible to prevent further damage being done to your jaw. With this said, if your injury is found to be minor, a doctor may choose to prescribe pain relief medication. However, if your injury is severe, you may need to undergo surgery and you could even need to have your jaw wired to keep the damaged bones in place.

Even if you think you only suffered a minor injury to your jaw whether you were involved in a road traffic accident, were hit in the face while playing sports or when you fell and hit your face, as previously mentioned, you should always seek medical attention as soon as possible. The reason being that the sooner your injury is examined, correctly diagnosed and treated, the less risk there is of any further damage being done to your lower jaw.

To find out whether you would be entitled to receive free private medical care, free private physiotherapy and free medical supplies all of which could help speed up your broken jaw recovery time, please discuss your injury with one of our health experts today. We can let you know in minutes what treatments are available and whether you would be entitled to receive them.

How is a Broken Jaw Diagnosed?

A doctor would need to know how you sustained your injury, whether you were involved in a road traffic accident or some other incident that left you with a suspected broken jaw. The doctor would thoroughly examine your facial injury before carrying out the following tests to confirm an initial diagnosis:

  • A series of x-rays taken from different angles – a broken jaw x-ray would show the extent of the damage and which bones have been negatively impacted
  • CT scan which would show up the extent of damage done to soft tissues

If you are unhappy with an NHS broken jaw diagnosis and would like to know if you would be entitled to a free orthopaedic assessment of your broken bone report, please speak to one of our health experts today who could tell you straight away if you qualify.

How is a Broken Jaw Treated?

When it comes to broken jaw treatment, this depends on the severity and complexity of your facial injury. A hairline fracture might need less in the way of treatment than a more severe or open fracture which could require surgery. If multiple fractures to your jaw have occurred, you would need to undergo extensive reconstructive surgery. Treatment options for a fractured jaw are detailed below:

Having your jaw wired shut

  • broken jaws can be either bandaged or wired shut depending on the severity and complexity of the injury. A minor fracture could be treated by wrapping a bandage under your chin and over your head which would prevent you from opening your jaw too wide. You would be prescribed anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication

Broken jaw surgery

If your fracture is severe, you would need to have broken jaw wired shut to ensure damaged bones remain in place. Should you become nauseous, you would need to cut the wires and elastic bands to prevent choking. You would then need to visit the hospital to have the wires and bands replaced as a matter of urgency. While your jaw is wired shut, you would be on a liquid diet which could last for 6 weeks during the healing process. Broken jaw surgery with plates is also an option used when bones are severely damaged.

If you are unhappy with the broken jaw NHS treatment you receive, you may be entitled to free private medical care at a health facility that is situated close to where you live. You may also qualify for free physiotherapy aftercare in a health facility in your area. To find out what treatments are available and if you qualify, please speak to one of our health experts today who would be in a position to let you know straight away.

Should I Stick to a Soft Food Diet When Recovering from a Broken Jaw?

As previously mentioned, if you have your jaw wired shut, you would be on a liquid diet during your broken jaw healing time. Once the wires are removed, you should still stick to a soft food diet and avoid eating anything that is too crunchy as it would put too much pressure on your jaw and could result in more problems. Broken jaw recovery tips on what type of soft foods that are recommended when you have your broken jaw wired include the following:

  • Pasta that is well cooked
  • Soup
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned meat
  • Pureed foods

You should also make sure that you take vitamins during the healing process and that you eat 6 to 8 smaller meals a day rather than fewer large ones. It is also worth noting that once the wires are removed from your jaw, your teeth may be more sensitive than before your injury occurred. The link at the bottom of the page provides essential reading on how to “eat well” following an accident that left you with a suspected broken jaw.

If you sustained a fractured jaw and are finding the recovery difficult to cope with, you could be entitled to free private medical care and therapy in your area. To find out what treatment is available and whether you would qualify, please call one of our health experts today.

Can I Qualify for any Free Private Treatment for a Broken Jaw?

Broken jaw treatment

Broken jaw treatment

You may find that your qualify for free private treatment for a fractured jaw and you could also be entitled to free private physiotherapy aftercare. Many people who suffer this type of facial injury do not realise that free medical care could be available to them. This could include the following:

  • Private medical care local to you which is free of charge
  • Tailored physiotherapy in your area which could help speed up your recovery safely
  • Free medical aids which includes ice packs, medical compresses and much more all of which could help speed up your recovery

To find out whether you would qualify for any of the above, please speak to one of our health experts today.

What Kind of Free Treatment for a Broken Jaw is Available?

As previously touched upon, you may find that you are entitled to free medical aids which could help speed up a broken jaw recovery time. This could include the following:

  • Ice packs which are effective when treating minor fractures to your jaw
  • Medical compresses which are effective when it comes to reducing inflammation
  • A tailored physiotherapy programme which could help speed up your recovery

To find out more about treatments, aftercare and medical aids that could be available in your area, please call one of our health experts today.

Are There Any Complications Associated with a Broken Jaw?

There some complications associated with a broken jaw which could include the following:

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) – you may suffer recurring pain in your jaw joints
  • You may be more predisposed to suffering a dislocated jaw
  • You may experience a tingling sensation in your lip and/or chin due to nerve damage
  • You may experience numbness in your lower lip and chin due to nerve damage

Although the numbness and tingling sensation may subside over time, in some instances it does not improve.

It is also worth noting that sometimes the screws used to keep damaged bones in place can cause damage to teeth that are adjacent to the site of the fracture. Any plates and other fixations used to hold damaged bones in the right position typically remain in place providing you do not develop any infections. The metal used in these fixations is titanium and as such it does not pose a problem when you walk you a metal detector.

I Think My Doctor Missed Something When Diagnosing My Broken Jaw?

If you think that a doctor may have missed something in their diagnosis and treatment of your injury, you should carry out as much research as you can on fractured jaw injuries. This could help you decide whether you are right or not. The links provided at the bottom of the page provide valuable information on this type of facial injury.

If you find that you could be right, you may find that you are entitled to receive a free orthopaedic assessment of your NHS broken bone report. To find out more, please speak to one of our health experts today.

How Long Does a Broken Jaw Take to Heal?

If you sustain a minor fracture to your jaw, the typical recovery time is anything from 4 to 6 weeks and this includes if you suffer a hairline fracture. However, more serious injuries can take a lot longer to mend and heal which could be several months more especially if you had to undergo surgery and have your jaw wired shut.

If you think your broken jaw recovery is taking far too long, you may find that you could be entitled to free private medical care and free physiotherapy aftercare in a medical facility that is local to you. To find out more about the treatments and therapies that could be available to you, please call one of our health experts today.

Can I Speed Up My Broken Jaw Recovery Time?

Recovering from a fractured jaw can take time and it is essential that you follow a doctor’s recommendation during your healing process which can last several months. Rehabilitation and physiotherapy play a key role and receiving the right advice from a well-trained physiotherapist who works in the private sector can help speed up your recovery and would do so safely.

To find out whether you would qualify for free private physiotherapy aftercare in your area, please do not hesitate in contacting our team of health experts today who would tell you straight away if you are eligible.

Are There Any Long Term Health Issues Associated with a Broken Jaw?

The prognosis for a broken jaw tends to be positive with most people making a full recovery when an injury is correctly diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. If you feel that a doctor has missed something and you are still experiencing pain and discomfort, you could be entitled to a second opinion provided by a medical professional who works in the private sector. To find out what treatments and aftercare you may be entitled to receive, please call one of our health experts today.

To Find Out What Free Treatment You May Qualify for, Please Call Us Today

Many people living in the UK and who are residents of the country, do not know they could be entitled to free private medical care and physiotherapy as well as free medical aids following an incident that left them injured and this includes when they suffer a broken jaw. If you were involved in an accident that left you with a serious injury to your jaw, you too could qualify for free medical care in your area.

You may also find that you would be entitled to a free orthopaedic broken bone report which you can request from the hospital that treated you following your accident. To find out what therapies and treatments you would be entitled to receive, please call one of our health experts on 020 3870 4868. Our phone lines are open 7 days a week from 9 am till 11 pm.

Helpful Links

If you suffered a fractured jaw and would like more information on this type of facial injury, the following link provides essential reading:

More about suffering a fracture to your jaw

If you are about to undergo surgery on a broken jaw and would like more information on the plates, screws and other fixations that are used in the procedure, the following link provides valuable information on the topic:

More about the plates and other fixations used in surgical procedures

If you would like to know more about liquid diets, the following link provides very useful information on the topic:

More about liquid diets