How Common Are Jaw Fractures Following Auto Accidents?
Posted on 12/15/2019 by Ankur Johri
Vehicular accidents are a common cause of jaw fractures. Individuals riding motorcycles without helmets are at greater risk of fracturing their jaws in case of an accident.
The mandible or the lower jawbone can fracture at more than one place. During an accident, the chances of a sudden impact of the protruding jawbone on a hard surface are high.
What are the Symptoms of a Jaw Fracture?
Pain, bruising, and inflammation are common symptoms of a jaw fracture. The subject may find it difficult to open the jaw, and if it does open, the jaw will move sideways. The shape of the jaw is such that trauma can easily result in fractures in more than one place.
An infection of the bone is a risk, particularly if the alveolar bone suffers a fracture and bacteria present in the mouth gain access to the site of the open fracture wound. A fracture of the temporomandibular joint that connects the mandible with the upper face makes jaw movement nearly impossible, and any attempt at movement is accompanied by a cracking sound.
How are Jaw Fractures Treated?
A jaw fracture requires expert treatment. In the case of an auto accident, doctors first focus on major fractures and injuries. Once, they're satisfied that the patient is out of danger, they proceed to treat the jaw fracture. An X-ray or a CT scan will reveal the extent of the fracture.
Open wounds in the mouth are treated with antibiotics. Loose teeth are wired in place after the broken jaw has been realigned and the bite fixed. The jaw may be repaired via open or closed surgical procedures. For both, the jaw is wired shut for a period to give the bone a chance to heal.
Fix an appointment with us for comprehensive and safe treatment for a jaw fracture. From emergency procedures to stem the blood flow and getting the patient ready for more pressing treatment to a more exhaustive procedure for treating jaw fractures and accompanying tooth loss, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to deliver the best results.