The recovery was slow. I had been drinking nothing but muscle milk the whole time. did your teeth feel different or not fitting together after unwiring? Melinda, Don’t miss your daughter’s wedding. If you didn’t directly hit your jaw, I doubt that you broke it again. Hi Jude. Adam’s advice is good about other forums/support groups. A 2am google search brought me here, and I greatly appreciate everyone sharing their stories. Is all of the above normal and are my concerns the same as others have had – will they likely improve by themselves or is it likely to be permanent? WIres have been off 4 days. A few other things that helped me were: 1) using a blender to pulverize my food and use a syringe to shoot it between my teeth. See doc tomorrow to decide if arch bars will come off this Friday and hopefully all is still on schedule. Hang in there everybody. My teeth never did come together in front and there is enough room for the tip of my finger to fit in so drinking and things like that are easy. Sandy- It’s the only way to get debris out from the wires and, since you can’t really brush your teeth, is an amazingly good temporary substitute. When you go back to the dentist however it might be strenous for your muscles so you need to inform them about this. Sorry to hear about your missing teeth, are dental implants in your future? Sorry to hear all you’re going through. Am I ever gonna be able to open my mouth wide again.? I think it helped that I was able to convince myself that the circumstances of my accident were very anomalous. I would like to say THANK YOU for starting this blog. When I tell you how old she is, you’re going to think it was some old lady mishap (I guess it was). Couldn’t hurt to ask your doctor though. If I try it hurts….I’m feelling I’m going backwards. Thank you for your kindness! Thanks for keeping us updated. The oral surgeon put on one rubberband and it feels like it is really helping especially at night when I sleep. The surgery was done by an emergency clinic because it happened at night - not my regular vet. I thank you so much for taking the time to write. I had no idea really when I left with the wires what to do or expect. OJW does not keep the upper and lower teeth in contact. It can’t hurt to call and ask. One treatment which helped decrease pain and increase range of motion in my jaw after wires were removed was moist heat. Thanks for the update! I understand this is a new challenge in my life but I thought carrying a roof ladder up 30 feet in full gear and putting out a fire was the toughest thing I ever had to go through. Answers (2)ASK A DOCTOR. This was done top and bottom and then more wire was used to wrap around the upper and lower plate to secure them. I had elastic bands for 3 weeks, I think. I broke my jaw the beginning of summer june 28 and wired shut until end of August. It was normal for me, for months or at least weeks. What are people’s experiences with getting back to opening up their mouth? Any advice is definitely appreciated. Hay guys,jimi here, i had my jaw broken when some f’wit stabbed me accross the face. I was going to write some of this stuff down for someone else as I picked up a few easy tips and tricks. She is also a very active person and it has been difficult for her (and us to watch) to have to slow down. Hi Jude. I was put under for that part, and I highly recommend that if you have the option. I do understand that anxiety. This was applied to the jaw several times each day and prior to stretching. Is this normal? It’s only been the past few days that I can laugh and cry without pain (I had 2 plates put in my chin to internally fixate my worst jaw break) so this is good for me I was sorry to read of your additional injuries, I can only imagine how difficult that must have been. This is a very helpful community. I’m sorry to hear about your injuries. These days, I don't update this blog often because I consider myself to be fully recovered, but I do try to reply to comments and emails. I’m currently taking antibiotics but if it’s an infection on the break I’m pretty sure it stops the healing process. I wasn’t given the option for rubber bands though. My chin was broken and also the two jaw bones below the ears. I depend on my bike to get around every day, and I had gotten tired of waiting for buses all the time. As I recall, being patient when she wasn’t going through her version of this was not her strong suit. My jaw is currently broken and im hoping that wjen I go see the doctor they will release ny wires but I was wondering what do they do with the screws that the wires are wraped around like how do they take them out but thanks for the blog these ideas seem really goot to try its better then drinking protein drinks and eating soup an oatmeal all day, I don’t know if anyone will see this but I’m desperate for some advice, my wires were clipped (arch bars still on) and all my teeth are pretty sore. Fast forward to almost a year later though and things are great. So I thought I’d celebrate with chocolate cake. Unpleasant as the experience was, I had to know that I was very lucky that it wasn’t so much worse. I would not be allowed to chew for another three weeks, and my muscles would be so sore from disuse that I wouldn’t be able to open my mouth very far. I was beginning to worry. I went almost a month with a broken jaw and nothing to help it. Thanks Karen…Guess it’s time for me to “COWBOY UP” so to speak and just get back on that old bike – within some safe parameters first. There’s a reason they are offering it It was probably my favorite visit to the oral surgeon. It is sore and more achy than it has been in days. I’ll delete the extra one. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else and what are some things I could do to help the infection. I know it’s easy for me to say, but if my mom used a computer, she’d tell you the same thing. Couple of other things I now remember helped me. I didn’t do anything to speed the process along. Too bad my accident preceded yours. I had breathing difficulties, so that was the worst part for me. It is now a couple years after the fact and my jaw is about 98 percent! Amem. You should also rinse your mouth with warm salt water (one half teaspoon of salt to a large glass of warm water), then brush again until all debris has been cleared from the wires. the most. Wow, that all sounds incredibly frustrating. I never slow down and, post-accident (thrown face first into the pavement on a Segway), I had to take off of work for three months and slept a ton. I watched a lot of TV and I am not a TV watcher but it did help pass the time and gave me something to think about. Lips and chin as still numb on left. Sasha – you’ve come to the right place. ,B.S.N. Please note that this blog is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Then you can work on stretching. I look forward to getting my two chipped teeth bonded soon (may need crowns down the line). 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. Good to keep the “it could have been much worse” scenario in mind when you’re feeling impatient. Karen – You should totally get braces to fix your bite. Doc said to expect that. This has totally exhausted her. I’ll try to answer the questions, but my memory on some of them is a little bit hazy. Grew a liitle easier each day. Change ). Morning, noon and night. thanks. If so, I hope I am able to open my mouth wide enough to consume slightly thicker foods since I can’t even have most blended foods. so we can better help others and thereby also gain more strength to help ourselves. The wires certainly didn’t straighten my teeth out. I was not doing so well after about #5. I had started training for a triathlon a few months prior to the stupid accident. I concur with Adam; seems like not being able to open your mouth much post-wires is normal. (Different comment from Adam). I don’t think I have any advice that I haven’t already written somewhere else on the blog. The pharmacists will become your new best friends. POST ARCH BAR REMOVAL Once it is determined that your jaws are healed and your occlusion or bite is satisfactory you will have your arch bars removed. Get braces, quicker, easier and simple. Leonard buttons and clips only started to disintegrate and breakdowwn. Some tests on my numbness indicated I should expect a very good recovery as I could feel pain in the area indicating likely non permanent damage. You sound very resilient.Couple of quick thoughts – Try a water pik – it helps when it’s hard to open your mouth. The wiring is removed periodically to allow the jaw joints to move freely, especially in the vertical direction. That sounds very painful! Thank you also for giving me hope for a better future and providing the wisdom to actually listen to my body rather than fight it all the time. As I woke up I was bleeding a lot from my mouth and was not sure what had happened. How exciting Fran! Sandy – giving you credit where credit is due! I have to see hearing from all of you and reading your experiences is SO helpful. Chronic pain can be extremely difficult to manage, maybe mentally as much as, if not more, than physically. I didn’t end up with an overbite, but my mouth definitely is different. Eventually will my jaw line will look how it did before the surgery? Hey, I’m back, and with bad news. 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 . There are some foods which do not blend thoroughly: vegetables with tough skins, such as corn, dried peas and beans, are some examples of vegetables you should avoid blending. I know they are not cheap though! My jaw was broken (and assorted other insults to teeth and chin) in a run-in with a baseball bat. Good luck to you in your recovery! . It was a year and a half ago for me. Just be patient (something I’m not particular good at); things really will improve! 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. Thank you all. I got so much support, for which I am very grateful. Will they put me under or will it be a local in my mouth and gums? Any info would be highly helpful. I broke my jaw 2 months ago. It was nice to go to blogs like this one and not have to worry about that. I can’t speak to to your specific situation. I think it took a good 6-12 months to feel normal again (and occasionally a tooth still feels “off” but not enough to do anything about it). You may wash your hair if you cover your incision with a gauze dressing and keep it dry. I had my wires on for 3 weeks, but I’ve heard of people having them for only 2 weeks or even for 10 weeks. I’m approaching the 11 month anniversary of my accident, and at this point I’m just assuming that the lingering numbness is permanent nerve damage. Mixed dishes, such as stews and spaghetti with meat sauce, can be blended with a small amount of bouillon or thin gravy to the consistency you will need. As I understand, though, the rubber bands are to help your mouth close correctly rather than help you open it, so I don’t think that lack of progress with the opening should stop your oral surgeon from freeing you from the rubber bands. These appliances keep the jaws from moving to allow the bones to heal in the correct position. I get an xray next Wed. before getting the wires cut, so I guess we will see. I had a similar accident on the bicycle five weeks ago ending up with three mandible breaks – one in center at chin and two at either side near the condyles. I am really tired of all this. All I can say for those of you still going through this is hang in there and be patient (something at which I wasn’t too skilled before my accident and about which learned a lot as I healed). 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