I Have Jaw Pain After a Fall… What Should I Do?

jaw surgery WillmarIt is not normal for one’s jaw to hurt. If you develop jaw pain, you should visit a dentist or oral surgeon immediately for treatment. When jaw pain develops after falling, it is imperative to seek oral health treatment as soon as possible. Jaw pain after an accident could signify an issue with the joints that connect the jaw the skull or an issue with the alignment of the jawbones—and both instances might require jaw surgery. When it comes to treating issues that affect hard tissues, oral surgeons are experts. With our help, patients with jaw problems can increase their comfort, oral function, and quality of life.

Why does my jaw make a clicking or popping sound?

Does your jaw seem to make clicking sounds or do you feel popping sensations when you open or close your mouth? If you experience this sensation, you should alert your oral health professional as soon as possible. To determine the underlying cause of this symptom, a physical examination with diagnostics is necessary. This symptom might be a side effect of an injury to the face or the development of an issue with the temporomandibular joints (TMJs).

What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder is condition where the temporomandibular joint dysfunctions. A damaged or overworked TMJ can produce symptoms like facial pain, headaches, and worn dentition. There are various treatment methods for patients with TMJ disorder including massage, stress reduction techniques, restorative dentistry, and jaw surgery.

Is jaw surgery necessary?

The only way to determine the type of treatment you might require is to schedule an appointment with an oral health professional who performs orthognathic (jaw) surgeries. While not all persons will need jaw surgery, this type of treatment might be necessary in the event of a traumatic facial injury or the development of a problem with jaw alignment or the TMJs.

Why visit an oral surgeon?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a specialist who performs a number of oral health services including jaw surgeries. Oral surgeons must receive advanced education, training, and testing in addition to their DDS to practice as a specialist.

For more information about treating jaw pain, call us today at Oral Facial Surgery!