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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.
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.
See your surgeon: It might be a regular thing or normal reaction but asking you surgeon would be the best idea.See 1 more doctor answer
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
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.
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.
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.See 7 more doctor answers
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.See 4 more doctor answers
Sinusitis: Sounds like a sinus infection. See your doctor for treatment.See 5 more doctor answers
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.