Any time you fall and injure your face, teeth, or jaw, there is a chance you might need treatment to preserve your teeth. You might even require oral surgery, especially if you have broken any bones in your face or caused traumatic damage to your teeth. If you have fallen and believe you have injured your face, teeth, or jaw, you should see an oral surgeon.
Evaluating Jaw Pain After an Injury
If you experience discomfort in your jaw after a fall, it might be due to simple bruising or abrasions. However, if the discomfort is persistent or extreme, you might have experienced a more serious injury. Some types of injury that could result from a fall include:
- Teeth pushed out of position
- Fractures in the jaw
- Jaw dislocation
If you suspect this kind of injury, you should see your oral surgeon as soon as possible to have your injuries evaluated. In some cases, you need to see an oral surgeon to have teeth put back in place or to have your jaw repaired. Symptoms you might need to see an oral surgeon include:
- Persistent discomfort
- Stiffness or locking in the jaw
- Loose or missing teeth
- Inability to close the mouth properly
If you have broken or dislocated your jaw, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure the best possible outcome.
Avoiding Injuries to the Jaw or Face
Many facial injuries occur due to falls or vehicular accidents. Some ways to reduce your likelihood of experiencing an injury to the jaw are:
- Be sure to always wear your seatbelt in the car
- Wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle
- Avoid uneven or slippery surfaces
- Wear appropriate footwear on winter surfaces
Avoiding this type of accident is always the best course of action, but if you do suffer an injury to the jaw and experience persistent discomfort, see one of our oral surgeons at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery as soon as possible.