I truly appreciate your guidance. The first few days, there was sort of a mushy feeling when my top and bottom teeth touched each other. but I think taking it easy and not pushing too hard made a big difference in being as far along as I am now, 6 months later. I broke my jaw 2 months ago. Your doctor will likely remove the jaw wiring after six weeks if your jaw has healed. I have so much more empathy for all. So far this jaw wiring experience hasn’t been painful at all. I knew straight away it was broken but an expensive visit to the emergency room and the doctor indicated following a CT scan all was fine–what a relief right!….. but that a follow up with an oral surgeon would be recommended! Couple of other things I now remember helped me. Feeling is beginning to return on left side of my face. Still cannot chew. Melinda, How is your mom doing? Best of luck to all of you! Thank you all and I will post again soon! I see this post is no longer active…. Mine comes back after awhile, honestly I became a bit of a ensure junkie and it seemed weird to eat actual food again – and even a bit painful. Wow, glad I found this. I feel a lot less alone just reading the comments from folks who have been through this injury. I had been drinking nothing but muscle milk the whole time. Foodwise I blended everything and survived on soup and banana milkshakes!. If I wanted bread, I could shred it in the blender. Anyway, you have passed the most difficult parts of your recovery, it will get better… Good Luck! My 4 year old son fell out of the hotel bed and got a minor cut above his eye while on vacation in South Dakota. I was hit in the jaw by a man that came to my house to fight my boyfriend. Still can’t wait for a salad. I had the added problem of multiple facial injuries and not breathing well, since my broken jaw was associated with an accident. Thanks! I think I will take some ibuprofen and try to eat some oatmeal for dinner, perhaps that is a better choice for “first foods”. I am now on the other side of this and want to tell you that it will get better. I have the dental wax but some of the bars and wires are cutting into my jaw which is painful. Did you get them? Anyone facing chronic pain has the dual issue of how draining and exhausting it can be to face this challenge. 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!!! This will give me a chance to prep her for what is to come, so all those disappointment tears you all shed will not go to waste. For me, getting back on the bike wasn’t much of an issue at all. I was absolutely terrified when I was told I had to be wired shut. I had elastic bands for 3 weeks, I think. Cute story: I got my wires/arch bars out just before my birthday. I didn’t experience an spasms, but there was definitely some pain in the rubber band stage. Strain all meats to insure all fibers and skins are removed so eating will be easier. I feel like I have permanently done damage, especially if it hasn’t healed properly, and that I will always have the physical defects to remind me of and to ruin my time here. 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. Knowing I am not alone in dealing with this injury and the realization this moment and pain in time will subside has brought about an incredible awareness. 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. Hi Bob, I eat one Ensure a day and try to get some water in. Is this normal? The good news is that since your had your jaw broken by a surgeon instead of an accident, your recovery should be more predictable and your function will be better than those who broke our jaws in an irregular way. I have had my wires out for 6 days now but being here in China unfortunately I can find no solace in any medical persons as everyone seems very quick to dismiss without any helpful information. Change ). Your recovery guide does help me. This has totally exhausted her. My teeth on the right side of my mouth don’t meet, and some of the teeth are hurting due to pressure that wasn’t originally there. Is this how they normally do it?I’ve had it in about a week and a half now. Just looking for a bit of advice regarding why my get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone. I had decided I would just live with it but now I’m concerned I’ll just grind them to stubs. For three weeks, eating and drinking had been the same act, and I had some trouble remembering to do them separately now that there was a distinction to be drawn. On top of that, I began to get extremely depressed about the whole situation. I think it helped that I was able to convince myself that the circumstances of my accident were very anomalous. 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. The surgeon comes in & asks what is going on, I tell him my jaw does not feel right, he then informs me it isn’t, said it is broken, brings up x-ray where I see the bottom left jaw is completely broken, he said I have only seen this happen one other time in 20 years, but we will take care of it, scheduled me to have jaw wired next AM, that was 6 days ago, 6 miserable days ago! We’ve all been through our own versions of this and are a good place to get advice (noting that everyone’s experience is unique, so don’t take it as medical certainty) and to vent and to get support. I’ve now had everything removed for a week. The dr said to take pain meds before I get my wires off. . It was normal for me, for months or at least weeks. Once you return home, you can resume the majority of your daily activities. In case of vomiting, bend your head over to allow the vomitus to flow out of your mouth and nose. Shannon, try the special k drinks. Lol. 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. I’ll keep you posted – I don’t have a dentist appointment for awhile and it’s not at the top of my to do list. I have asked the dentist as well as the surgeon but my brain is getting the better of me and I can’t stop thinking about the what-if’s. 4 weeks ago, my Boston Terrier broke his jaw and had surgery to wire the broken piece together. Yeah, I’m 9 months post accident so it’s easy for me to say “be patient”. No one will really know what I am going through! I concur with Adam; seems like not being able to open your mouth much post-wires is normal. Thank you for asking about my mom. Hoping the facial asymmetry is non-permanent but your mind can wander…. Also, has anyone ever arrived at the point of not having pain in the jaw, shoulders, neck? The teeth around my fracture site, however, are much worse to the point of pain on contact. And enough water. The procedure is not invasive and does not require anesthesia. Lol. This innocent looking, but horribly uncomfortable, splint was initially clear and turned a lovely brown color thanks to a liquid diet… In my case, it got better gradually over the course of several months, but I was able to eat most foods normally within about six weeks of getting the wires off. I am suppose to get my wires replaced by bands in a week. Today is 6 weeks and I got my wires off but still have the arch bars on. Foods may be blended for 30 seconds on the chop setting on your blender and then 30 seconds on high so the food is the consistency of a milk shake. And opening my mouth and chewing with my jaw going into spasms all took a long time – weeks to months, in fact. did your teeth feel different or not fitting together after unwiring? Your jaws will be wired together approximately six to eight weeks. You might want to check out the forums on archwired.com. he would but looser ones on. I was amazed how barbaric that experience was! I have been wired and am now on a soft diet. I am so sorry to hear about your fall and breaks. I was very surprised with the lack of information given by the doctors. I to had to high of expectations and went home and balled my eyes out. It looks like I might have to have arch bars put on. Removing the wires after the broken jaw surgery, is not very painful. 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. I’m sorry about your injury. I only put on the rubberbands during the night but it is less tightly than before. I asked someone about invisilign. It was dark and I didn’t see them and hit my chin on the curb. Thanks for the quick reply, do you happen to remember how long it was before your teeth stopped hurting? So, that’s totally normal Sasha, at least from my perspective. This is just speculation, though. You will heal faster and feel better mentally if your body isn’t starving. I hope it goes well, and please do report back on the answer to your question after the fact. Btw, it took me weeks before I could really open my mouth and start to chew again after my wires were removed. but seems to be working. As you know, there is a lot of junk on the Internet but Adam’s and my blogs are two good resources. However, your experience may be different, particularly since your mouth was wired for longer. They will get stuck in your teeth and wiring. Is it normal for them to move and will they go back? The dentist did laugh at me for how gross my mouth was….. No big deal. It is much similar to what singers do to warm up so maybe you can find ideas on the internet for it. It is really worrying me and any help/advice would be greatly appreciated! This was applied to the jaw several times each day and prior to stretching. Have you had a steady increase in range of motion? I am trying as hard as I can to act normally even when I don’t feel it. I’m not sure how your mental state is right now, but if it starts to get unmanageable don’t be afraid to seek help. New bone will grow and fill in the hole during the months after surgery. After you start feeling better you will work up to normal food and a normal appetite. I can tell you that my experience was that it takes a LONG time to heal and for your mouth to resume to feeling normal. I felt encouraged knowing I was not alone. I’ve had my jaw wired for four weeks. Anyway, safe to say, all pounds are back on six months later and I still love my favorite burger – cut up right now since I can’t open enough to really bite in to it. Nice to hear that everyone was tired. My bite is still off and I think I grind my teeth even by daytime because of it. 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. No one who knows me well would say that being patient and not running around at top speed were my strong points, so it was very strange for me to learn to slow down. Or maybe invisalign? It’s also pretty hard to fit any food into the small mouth opening. Sandy- Btw, I found it frustrating too that some doctors didn’t really give me a lot of information but I also think there is a lot of uncertainty in this kind of recovery. I first heard from Melinda last August, when Melinda commented, My mom broke her jaw in two places last month. Kira – you and I are about neck and neck in the process. I think you’re taking the right approach with being very patient. The wiring is removed periodically to allow the jaw joints to move freely, especially in the vertical direction. If I wanted a cookie, I could soak it, either in a glass of soymilk, or in my mouth before swallowing. I also cannot move my jaw at all to the right or forward as it feels blocked by the bone at the site of the break. 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