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What is Mouth and Jaw Injury?
An injury to the head may not only be to the skull and brain area, but also to the jaw, mouth area and teeth. A lip may be torn or severely cut; the mouth or tongue may get cut or torn; a tooth may crack, chip, break, be knocked out, or jam into the gum. All of it starts with a jaw injury.
Jaw injuries, subcategorized as temporomandibular injuries, include dislocated jaws – which often occur when the lower jawbone or mandible is pulled apart from one or both of the joints connecting it to the base of the skull – and jaw fractures.
Dislocation of the Jaw
If the jaw is just dislocated, your physician may be able to correct the injury in his office. After administering a mild anesthetic, he will typically use his thumbs to relocate the jaw back in its proper place. Often the jaw will need to be stabilized afterward, which involves bandaging the jaw to keep the mouth from opening too wide. Sometimes, surgery is needed. But the recovery is typically predictable, with somewhere around a six-week healing time. Obviously, immediate diagnosis will be essential in dislocated jaw injury.
Symptoms of a dislocated jaw include:
- Misaligned bite
- Difficulty speaking
- Inability to close the mouth
- Drooling due to inability to close the mouth
- Pain in the face or jaw
And even after treatment, other complications may arise, such as:
- Bleeding gums
- Bleeding between the teeth
- Bacterial infection from related injuries
Jaw fractures will typically require some kind of medical procedure, up to and including surgery. Often, emergency surgery may be required to simply stabilize a patient. In the cases requiring oral surgery, many patients will have lasting effects of their trauma. Short term, jaw injury and surgical aftermath, will often cause emotional distress. Patients face typically painful and swollen jaws for weeks, if not longer. Scars typically take 9-12 months to heal properly, but although the patient’s condition typically fixes itself, there may be lasting scars and damage.
Symptoms of a broken jaw include:
- Facial bruising
- Facial swelling
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Jaw stiffness
- Jaw pain
- Loose or damaged teeth
- Abnormal appearance of the cheek or jaw
- Numbness of the face
In severe trauma, symptoms may include:
- Extreme difficulty eating
- Extreme difficulty talking
- Airway blockage
- Breathing blood or food into the lungs
- Infection of the face
Obviously, some of these may problems may be not be medically corrected. And financially, you may have a hard road ahead. Fortunately, you may have recourse. Having an attorney with a focus in head injury litigation is critical in providing you the opportunity to get the financial compensation you deserve. You will not pay a thing unless you win your lawsuit. If you win or settle your lawsuit, The Doan Law Firm will charge a percentage of the compensation amount, leaving you free from the costs of the actual court case.
The Doan Law Firm can assist in determining damages owed you after a head injury. The Doan Law Firm knows that although accidents don’t wait for daylight hours to happen. However, we’re available to answer your phone call any time, day or night, at (800) 349-0000. Call us today for a free case evaluation.
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