after jaw wire removal

Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot of advice, but I can tell you that many people have recovered from a broken jaw, and I don’t imagine anybody found it easy emotionally. WIres have been off 4 days. Sent me to oral surgeon and he says not too bad lets give it a week with nothing. That was 6-7 weeks ago and I am recovering as we speak. I was under the impression that once I got the hardware removed I would be 100! This is just speculation, though. This jaw stuff is no walk in the park especially since you’re dealing with a setback. Several teeth feel sore to touch & move a bit . My recovery has been going quite well. I’m expecting to have the elastics for about three more weeks, but I’m really wondering how much progress I’ll make by then. I know it doesn’t feel like it, but you are resilient for sure! This was very filling and tasty. They will also prep me for the implants. If you’re afraid of losing too much weight, I researched a little bit and here’s what I found: If you’re looking to maintain your current weight, multiply your weight by 12 (15 for men). Place on your achy jaw for 10 minutes and not only does the pain decrease, but the muscles become more extensible – that is, they will stretch a bit more. Do not shave the area around the incision for at least four to five days after the sutures have been removed. It actually took 2 years for my bite to go completely back to normal but I am relieved we didn’t bother with braces, which would have been very expensive and a headache and could have easily created a new set of problems. I feel a lot less alone just reading the comments from folks who have been through this injury. It went away before too long. It’s very traumatic. Wouldnt let me finish, but you got it well enough…just got “unhinged” 3days ago..i couldn’t take the first night with the braces left on, they were loose as a goose and digging into my gums…i got my small wire cutters and needle nose pliers and removed the wires and braces…yes it hurt and yes did bleed some, but my god do i feel better!!! Hang in there. After the wires are removed, small rubber bands will be replaced on your teeth to hold the jaws in the proper position. Like I said, your doctor should be more helpful. You’ve been through a lot. When I was wired, the most filling things I found to drink were a meal replacer called Vega and smoothies with a bit of peanut butter. My ex boyfriend punched me in the jaw and broke it in three places, requiring me to get my jaw wired shut. I am so worried that my jaw won’t. Soon enough – time will pass and hopefully this will all be just a memory for you and everyone else. But now I am under the impression that its permanent. writing a review of your experience with us. Either way, your best bet is to ask your oral surgeon. I fainted and fell on my chin that resulted in a 3-part fracture. I figured out that I could floss between my teeth after the wires were changed out for the rubberbands. Now that your jaws have been wired together you must be especially concerned about good oral hygiene. Glad to know that it not an uncommon reaction after this injury. Another thing that my doctor has recommended me to do is to work with a physiotherapist as of next week to work my muscles around my jaw. I can’t help but dwell back on the night and think if there was something different I could have done to have avoided this and it is making me really miserable. It will save my mom from being disappointed. On June 15th I was mugged walking home from the shop where my car was being repaired. Yawning causes a bit of pain on one side and my jaw gets tired/sore when I chew something hard. Of course, your milage may vary. My bite doesn’t feel anything like it did before, but my oral surgeon is saying it’s right. (sp) She broke her jaw in 3 places and gets her wires off tomorrow after a full 4 weeks. I thank you so much for taking the time to write. I forced myself to do deep breathing and other calming things when that would happen, and it really did help the feelings to pass more quickly. Well 3 days later, as I write this, and I can now fit one finger in comfortably. Hi, I’m only 17 and I had my jaw broken to fix a severe underbite. I’ve been chewing hard foods for more than a year (my accident was almost 16 months ago. By February I was in despair over how screwed up my mouth was. In my case, though, the oral surgeon left the arch bars on my teeth for a few more weeks just in case they proved necessary (which they did not). . I don’t feel qualified to give you a response to your medical questions. If they didn’t discuss it with you, I’m guessing they plan to do numbing shots. Not like me at all. I slept a lot too. Yep, we’re a strong people! Some fruits, such as strawberries and blackberries, have tiny seeds that would have a tendency to become caught in your teeth, so stay away from these. Good luck with your recovery. She says now that all she did for the time she was wired was suck. So I’m taking in 2250 calories per day to maintain my current weight. However, a doctor would obviously be able to provide a less speculative answer. I can relate to having this happen away from home as you did. She is having the wires removed the day after […]. Sorry you are having a tough time Ti. For instance, after screws are removed, there is a hole in the bone where the screw was. As I woke up I was bleeding a lot from my mouth and was not sure what had happened. Fortunately, I had a very supportive family who was insisting on it. What you need to do is to excercise not only opening your mouth but also do other movements using all your muscles around it (circular movements, moving lips etc.). Being 51 and previously very active, this has set me back tremendously. I wish everyone here the best. (Different comment from Adam). k wire removel mri with k wire in body broken wrist, splint after cast removal, do's and don'ts Broken Wrist, I want to remove my cast and continue to wear the splint I don't have insurance, remove my cast. To that point: I STILL eat the same squash soup for lunch often as not and chocolate pudding is still a big favorite. It takes longer to prepare food you can eat, so plan ahead so that you are eating every couple hours. I used them for eating youghurts, purées etc. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else and what are some things I could do to help the infection. Karen, It has been a very emotional, alienating, challenging, frustrating experience for me. I asked someone about invisilign. Plus, nasal fractures made breathing difficult and, as you know, it’s horrible to try to breathe through your mouth when it’s wired. For me it was simply such a relief to get rid of the wires so even if it took some time and some pain occurred I felt mostly ok. The emergency vet said the wire could be removed in 4 weeks, which is today. I just want to give it time before anything else is decided. Try to be patient. I felt hot afterwards and went to the bathroom to splash water on my face, fainted, and fell on the sink, broke my jaw in three places. I have days that are good and days that are hard. The jaw spasms seem to be pretty normal and decrease as you use your jaw more; I noticed this when I graduated from wires holding my upper and lower jaw together to rubber bands. They may transition you from being wired to having strong rubber bands, that’s how it worked for me. Because I am a fairly thin person, I can feel the plates on the side of the jaw and I think they are also making my jawline wider in this area. I had no idea that my jaw would barely open. Also ended up with three fractured front top teeth and two molars on the top one at each side. Your mom must be something else. I was going to write some of this stuff down for someone else as I picked up a few easy tips and tricks. You need a pair of socks (preferrably longer ones) and long grain rice (not Minute Rice). She even had a steak recently. Keep the wire cutters with you at all times. Also, if you can get an empty syringe, and you can get a blender and/or baby food, you can use the syringe to get very very over-blended foods shot through any gaps in your teeth. Adam. I slept a LOT, was out on disability for over 2 months, in a lot of pain (especially when I tried to eat again). Unpleasant as the experience was, I had to know that I was very lucky that it wasn’t so much worse. In fact, they moved one of my front teeth out of line slightly. If both of your jaws have been operated on, you must be careful not to blow your nose until instructed by the doctor, you may use nose spray to decrease the drainage. And no rubberbands! I also thought I would be able to brush the inside of my teeth again, but no. If you have an incision with sutures on the outside of your jaw or face, you must keep it clean, dry, covered with an antibiotic ointment and without a bandage. Got the muscle and nerve spasm on left side. The other thing I noticed was the second the wires came off she was not as scared and timid. That sounds rough. Easy cap to unscrew, squish into mouth. Talk as slowly and as distinctly as you can. I take this to mean there is life in the old dog yet Aside from the asymmetry I’ve written about, I used to be able to move my lower jaw so that my bottom teeth were in front of my top teeth. Good luck to all going through this. A small, soft, child size toothbrush is easier to use while your jaws are wired together. Each day you should include the following in your diet: Eat small, frequent meals each day. Good luck! I have no need to ride a Segway again and that has no impact on my life, since the one time was my first time, so I’m hardly giving up something. Being in China it is very hard to know what is going on and to have any reassurance or information – they simply wired me and let me go without saying anything. My 9 year old son was home with her when it happened and called 911 like a champ. Here’s hoping for a safe summer for all and no more terrible accidents that change one’s life. You really will see improvement by the week. Hope so. A few of the teeth that do not mesh like they used to are crowns from previous dental work. They did shift a little bit while I was wired, too. I’d also like to give a friendly suggestion to get some counseling – it sounds like that might in fact be your first priority. Even then, you probably won’t need them because you’re only “eating” liquids and everything that might come out will be liquid as well. For those who crashed via bicycle or Segway or…how easy was or is it to get back on again? That said, I didn’t find a source on that, so you should probably ask a dentist instead. Read the nutrition labels and pick things that have lots of calories, its probably the only time in your life that you’ll want to do that . If she takes in slowly and is patient, she’ll do great. I did elect to work from home though as I was frustrated at trying to talk….and don’t try running. Did you lose weight in the process. I will check into the other forum as well and continue to hope this too shall pass and simply be an annoyance in the very near future. Thank you. A ‘normal’ had come about, and now I have to find that new normal all over again. I NEVER slow down. Her jaw range of motion is remarkable. I didn’t do anything to speed the process along. Plan midmorning, midafternoon, and evening snacks. The best advice I have is don’t expect to go back to normal anytime soon like for at least 3 months and don’t push yourself either because no one wants their jaw wired shut again . Yeah, I’m 9 months post accident so it’s easy for me to say “be patient”. Jude: I’m also saddened to hear about your setback. Would like to get my teeth cleaned. Would anyone know if this is normal from swelling or if my tooth/teeth are cracked? My lips are still numb, though a lot less so. The fear and depression had disappeared. Jon, that does indeed sound quite unfortunate! Otherwise people would happlily get braces and be done in with them in weeks. After 6 weeks, the bone should have healed and the wires will be removed. The biggest surprises were: how incredibly supportive family, friends, and work colleagues were; how creative I could become in finding things to eat; and how long it took to open my mouth very wide again even after the wires were removed. As for the overbite, I do recall my oral surgeon telling me that my bone wouldn’t heal back exactly the way it was before, but that it would be good enough to do the things I needed to do. For me, getting back on the bike wasn’t much of an issue at all. It’s been useful to know that I can expect not to dive into a burger and carrots (what I’ve been craving most) the first day afterwards. I do wish doctors were a bit better about letting patients know what to expect. Three weeks later and a significant reduction in the swelling and the oral surgeon removed my elastics but left the darn Archway braces in….the excitement was hard to contain but the reality somewhat tempered that quickly!! 3) I carried a wire cutter with me all the time, in case there was ever a REAL emergency and I had to quickly cut the things off. My mental stability is wearing down. Here are some of the foods that kept me going in the post-wired time: This might seem obvious, but it’s also important to remember to get enough to drink. I’ve now had everything removed for a week. any thought on this out there? If the first note about the microwaveable sock can be removed, please either do so or inform me how I can remove. If you don’t have problems with either issue, you might not what to go with such an expensive brand. I feel totally normal and feel like I can chew again but like most I can’t chew for the whole six weeks. Swelling is natural following surgery or injury. Big thanks to Adam as well, for keeping it and all of us going. This whole situation is hell..Any suggestions on how to make this not like hell?I have rubberbands in and they are really tight can barely open my mouth but the doctor told me Brush your teeth by taking your finger and pulling out the cheek on the side that you plan to brush. Good luck to you Mike, hope that your recovery is going well! But my surgeon says that its really good considering the breaks. The wires on my teeth pushed them a little bit. I was put under when my wires were removed, so I can’t comment too much on pain, but I didn’t need to take anything after they were removed. I have gushers beside my bed and I carry them with me everywhe. My archbars, Thanks for the update! Answers (2)ASK A DOCTOR. Thanks for sharing your story. You will need to carefully plan your meals to insure that all your nutritional and healing needs are being met. It doesn’t sound like you were taken care of very well by the doctors in general. Our local pharmacy was very helpful in giving me empty syringes. Please take a few minutes and consider I went for daily walks no matter what. I hope I can do the same for others. Bad news gang . I am glad I found this forum, but I have not seen where anyone has really complained about the size of arch bars used, I feel like mine are too big, they stick out in my opinion too far and cause unnecessary pain, I also believe I feel one on the roof of my mouth that may have been drilled or pushed in too far. I likewise find it heartening to see people coming together here to offer our experiences and support to those who are going through this procedure. In 10 months! That being said – Better to bring these concerns directly to yournorthodontist/maxillofacial surgeon. so grateful to have found this blog. 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