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Jaw Wired Shut
Surgical procedure: Having the jaws wired is a surgical procedure that can be performed via a number of different techniques. A bar and/or wires can be attached to the teeth in each jaw and additional wires or elastic bands can be used to hold the teeth together. Another technique is to use special screws placed in each jaw with wires or elastic band connecting the screws. Another way is use suspension wires. ...Read more
Various reasons: Having your teeth wired together is common in order to treat many types of jaw fractures. The length of time is variable depending on the type of fracture and your age and if any plates and screws were used to repair the injury. Many fractures these days can be treated with just plates and you would only need the jaws wired during surgery to make sure your teeth line up correctly. ...Read more
See your surgeon: It might be a regular thing or normal reaction but asking you surgeon would be the best idea. ...Read more
Some ideas...: Protein drinks (Ensure), yogurts, pudding, jello, and believe it or not some baby foods aren't too bad when your hungry. Also soups with small bits of veggies and meat and those with rice can sometimes be swallowed back behind the last molar teeth (there's a gap there when you're wired shut where teeth don't meet ...Read more
Liquids w/ straw.: You obviously need to eat to heal, so it is important to get the proper nutrition. You cannot open your mouth or chew, so liquids are your only option. Consider buying protein powders weight lifters use to build muscle. You can also puree fruits and vegetables in a blender and get the vitamins and fiber you need. Place the straw between the cheek and the teeth and do small sips. ...Read more
Could you tell me why my jaw is wired shut and my gums are growing over the screws and if it is that bad?
Jaw Fractures: I presume that you mistakenly asked "why" your jaw is wired shut. Presumably, you fractured your jaw or had jaw surgery and are wired shut to immobilize your jaw during healing. The gum tissues can grow over the "fixation screws" that are part of the stabilization process. That is not a problem. Ask your oral maxillofacial surgeon to answer these questions so that you are informed. And comforted. ...Read more
Gf has double & blurry vision, hard to focus, dizzy, room spinning, hallucinating (?), pale & vomiting, (dr forced & wired jaw shut, not in) help? Plz?
You should call: For an ambulance to take her to nearest emergency hospital. ...Read more
Broke my jaw, have had it wired shut for almost 6 weeks now. Small gap in front teeth from wires pulling, should I be concerned?
Ask your doctor: Unless the situation is observed clinically, it would be hard to say for sure. Please check with your doctor. ...Read more
I have mandibular prognathism, and am going hospital tomorrow, will they wire my jaw shut or what is the procedure? I had x-rays 6 months ago?
Ask your surgeon: These are good questions but, they can best be answered by the treating surgeon. If you aren't comfortable asking or don't get good answers, think hard before going for surgery. The operative plan depends on the specifics of your issues and what the treatment goals are. ...Read more
TMJoint disc issue: The internal disc of your temporomandibular joint (s) which lies between the head of the condyle of your lower jaw and the glenoid fossa of your maxilla cannot function properly and gets trapped causing your jaw to lock open, closed or creates joint noises. ...Read more
Closed lock: Probably an issue referred to as a TMJ closed lock. This is not dangerous and usually is a result of inflammation resulting from chronic bruxism (tooth grinding) while you are asleep at night. It will likely resolve on it's own, but may require a visit to an oral surgeon. You'll want to consult with your dentist for splint therapy to avoid this in the future and to protect your joints and teeth. ...Read more
The left side of my jaw feels like it dislocates and it makes crunching sounds, sometimes it locks shut. Why does it do this and what can I do?
TMJ: You may be dealing with temporomandibular joint dysfunction. See an oral surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
My jaw locks and crackles when I eat. Sometimes I feel like it is clenched shut. Is this serious?
TMJ: This is likely to be a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problem. Have your dentist evaluate it. ...Read more
Boyfriend woke me up I was shaking in my sleep and jaw clenched shut that's all he said my head felt fuzzy when he woke me what could it be or why?
I'm 20 and my jaw pops 3-4 times when I open my mouth and one time when I shut it! I've had it for as long as I can remember! It pops every time i?
TMD: Popping indicates Temporo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction, with displacement of the cartilaginous disc within the joint. Please see your Dentist. Consultation with Oral Surgeon and/or Orthodontist may be in order. ...Read more
Why do I hold my mouth shut really tight I do that at night to and my jaw always hurts and grinds and pops sometimes locks what is wrong it swells to.
You are a clencher: You are a clencher. Your dentist can help you by building a device that can balance the forces so it won't hurt so much. ...Read more
Sinusitis: Sounds like a sinus infection. See your doctor for treatment. ...Read more
I have muscle spams in my jaw that forces my mouth shut. What can I do to relieve this besides going to the ER for treatment?
Trismus.: Prevention is the best treatment, but once spasms start, unfortunately, your options are limited. See https://www. Mskcc. Org/cancer-care/patient-education/trismus for some exercises to do when you're feeling well. Hot water bottles or heating pads can help, but that depends on the CAUSE of trismus (ie, a diagnosis) which you haven't given. Muscle prob? Nerve? Cancer? Use HealthTap Prime to discuss. ...Read more
What to do if I have noticed that I have been clenching my jaw shut lately. Could that cause a sore throat?
Why do my nose feel shut off on the right side, face, jaw, neck, front of shoulder and chest to the sternum feel swollen right ear feels clogged?
Infection: You could have a sinus and chest infection. I would see a doctor to confirm these interesting complaints. Please see one as soon as possible. Good luck ...Read more
I can't sleep bc bad thoughts worries failures rumble in my head. I don't allow myself to sleep I read till I shut off around 4am. What is this??
Anxious rumination: If you keep your brain busy, the brain waves won't slow down and you won't fall asleep. ...Read more
The devil won't get out of my head what can I do to shut him up or is just me that's playing with my thoughts of death and loath ness of myself?
It's just you: This is an age of enlightenment. Ancient superstition has given way to modern knowledge. The only resident in your head is you. Nothing in there didn't originate in there. No one can put thoughts in your mind. The only way another can influence your thoughts is the usual non-supernatural way: Words and deeds. You're right: It's your brain. It needs professional help. You need to get it some. ...Read more
Hard to say: There are devices designed for closing wounds with staples and head wounds is one site they can be used. However, I cannot speculate whether you have the training and skill needed to do so. The head is well supplied with blood vessels and improper wound care could result in an infection that could spread to the rest of the body. ...Read more
Having hysterectomy feb 19th. Any tips to shut up the negative voice in my head that keeps saying I'm going to die during it? Tired of scaring myself.
If you are healthy: The risk of death is extremely low would not hurt to see a psychologist to work through any issues you have and please call your gyn for reassurnace. ...Read more
I have trouble sleeping at night I have to stay up to the point I pass out because I can't shut my head off?
See your doctor: Your symptoms could be due to a mood disorder such as Bipolar Disorder. The use of excessive caffeine or stimulants can do the same thing. Racing thoughts coupled with insomnia and the complaint of being unable to shut off your brain is classic for Bipolar Disorder. Please see your doctor to discuss your symptoms. I hope this helps. Best wishes! ...Read more
I have a headache behind my eyes and the back of my head and neck also hurt. It's been like this for a few days. I just want to shut my eyes and sleep?
Migraine: Sounds like you have migraine which is defined as intermittent disabling headaches. Migraine can cause pain in the head, neck and sinus area. They are associated with light and sound sensitivity, nausea and vomiting. It may be hard to function during a migraine event which may last 3 days. If you can get to sleep now, this would likely shut off the pain. Best of luck. ...Read more
Have had 3 possible mild concussions at 8 week intervals this year. 1.Bumped heads with boyfriend. 2. Car door swung shut and hit head 3. Hit on head w/ 9 foot pool float. Are these concussions n will they turn into CTE later? Very worried
Concussions: It is doubtful these rough 8 weeks will give you CTE. We still are learning alot about it but the cause seems to be repetitive trauma over the course of time. Not just you but many people have whacked their head and so far there hasn't been a wave of CTE in the general population. It is in athletics and not just football so far. ...Read more