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What type of foof do you eat with a broken jaw?

What type of foof do you eat with a broken jaw?

Soft and liquids: Most of the time soft foods will be needed while a broken jaw is healing. If the mouth is held closed with with wires or elastic bands then only liquids can be taken during that time. Protein shakes and dietary supplements may be a good idea to unsure good nutrition which is important for good bone healing. ...Read more

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What should I do about my jaw lockin?

Open and rock: This is due to dysfunction of the temporal mandibular joint just below the ear. The cartilage catches on the other side of the joint and clicks as the joint moves. Sometimes the cartilage catches the other side and the jaw locks. If this starts to happen, do not try to close the morth - but keep it open, rock the joint from side to side and yawn and usually the jaw will snap into place. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop myself from clenching my jaw when anxious?

Can you tell me how to stop myself from clenching my jaw when anxious?

Diurnal bruxism: While diurnal bruxism is thought to be a learned behavior, nocturnal bruxism is believed to be an oromotor disturbance. Diurnal bruxism (clenching during the day) regardless of the cause is easy to control with habit control simple exercises. Nocturnal bruxism is uncontrollable and teeth need to be protected with a custom night guard. Rec.: see an orofacial pain specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How long does a broken jaw take to heal?

How long does a broken jaw take to heal?

Depends: How badly fractured: nondisplaced single--2 wks soft diet... O/w 6-8 wks if surgical fixation needed. More, if bone loss or infection happens. ...Read more

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Hi my right jaw , has been locked for about 4 weeks now, it happens when i wake up, before it would only be locked for like 30mins, then 2hours, then 6hou?

I would suggest: You make an appointment with an oral surgeon for an evaluation / treatment. I'm sure physical therapy will be part of the treatment. In the meanwhile try to limit wide opening of your mouth. ...Read more

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Is it typical for hemi-facial spasms to be preceeded by a broken jaw?

Is it typical for hemi-facial spasms to be preceeded by a broken jaw?

Not related: Hemi facial spasm is a condition that affects the facial nerve and result in uncontrollable spasms of the muscles of expression on one side of the face. A broken jaw can result in some facial numbness but should not cause spasms of the muscles of expression but can cause spasms in the chewing muscles. ...Read more

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How large is considered a abnormal jaw line?

Jaw line: It depends on the rest of the face. ...Read more

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On and off for years i've had problems with the left side of my jaw. It locks up and clicks. Why do I get this and how can I treat it?

TMJ: Sounds like this could be TMJ disease. You may want to mention to your dentist or doctor. Things can be done depending on severity. ...Read more

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What can I do about a broken jaw?

What can I do about a broken jaw?

First step: The first step is to see the appropriate specialist to diagnose the fracture, whether at the er, your primary care md, dentist, oral surgeon, ENT or plastic surgeon. Once the diagnosis has been confirmed with the appropriate studies, the various treatment options can be discussed with you. You have to know what you are treating before you can treat it. ...Read more

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