You probably already know how important it is to maintain good oral health throughout your life. One thing that is perhaps not emphasized quite as often, however, is the importance of ensuring that your jaw remains in equally good health. Your jaw is an incredibly important part of your life, whether you have stopped to think about it or not. Indeed, your jaw is a huge factor in your ability to eat, to breathe, and even to speak clearly.
Sometimes we encounter jaw pain and disorders that can inhibit the function of the jaw, and patients suffer from the situation. Imagine not being able to open your mouth, for example, and you have a better idea about just why an intact and healthy jaw is so important. At DFW Oral Surgeons, we are committed to helping our patients through hard times to live a healthy and happy life. That includes offering experienced and adept treatment for broken jaws.
What Causes Broken Jaws?
There are a few different causes behind broken jaws. Car accidents tend to be some of the biggest culprits, and it is no surprise when you think about it. When you are in a car accident, you tend to find yourself coming up against one force or another with plenty of momentum behind you. As you might imagine, this results in some pretty solid smacks.
When the body part in question happens to be your face, especially the side of your face, that momentum and force can easily end up with you suffering from a broken jaw. Other common causes behind broken jaws include sports with high physicality – football or rugby, for example, where you are likely to end up in accidents that involve you slamming into the ground or another player with plenty of force – as well as any fall or stumble where you are unable to catch your fall.
Regardless of the reason behind the break, it is imperative that you contact us as soon as you can when you experience a broken jaw. Even if you just hurt your jaw and are not sure if it is broken or not, you should contact us right away so that we can help you determine whether or not the issue is serious and get started with a treatment plan if necessary.
Will My Jaw Heal?
Many patients are, justifiably, concerned about their future given a broken jaw. It is important not to panic, but to seek help as soon as possible. Because your jaw plays an important part in breathing and speaking, it should be considered an emergency when it is seriously injured. With proper care and support, however, many broken jaws will fully heal and leave the patient with no lingering pain or symptoms. The treatment plan and recovery time vary depending upon the break and the cause, but contacting us and coming in for an examination will help us determine how best to help you.
For more information about the treatment of broken jaws, please contact DFW Oral Surgeons at (972) 539-1491.
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