At six weeks after my double jaw surgery, I was beyond relieved that the surgeon removed the 3D printed, custom surgical splint. My bite is a bit off too but going to let my dentist have a look when I can open wider. Do not be afraid to experiment with new foods and flavors. I tried to ask my doctor questions but he just seemed like he wanted to hurry and go to lunch. On the good end of this all, I haven’t lost further weight since the wires were removed. Still use a squirt bottle to get food into my mouth. Thanks again for sharing. My mental stability is wearing down. Thanks to all for the encouragement and the generous sharing of stories. Please note that this blog is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. This is a very helpful community. I didn’t do anything to speed the process along. If you decide to go look into it, I’d recommend meeting with a few orthos before choosing one, they often have different plans and some are more pleasant to deal with than others. Sorry to hear about your missing teeth, are dental implants in your future? I felt encouraged knowing I was not alone. Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to you all. Both are high protein. The anxiety attacks of wanting to open my mouth are terrible. She proves over and over what a strong person she is. Is this how they normally do it?I’ve had it in about a week and a half now. Not like me at all. For recipe’s and meal suggestions, see Appendix. I’m expecting to have the elastics for about three more weeks, but I’m really wondering how much progress I’ll make by then. Jude – That’s a really great suggestion. Thanks much and good luck to all who have or are currently enduring a broken jaw. By February I was in despair over how screwed up my mouth was. It has been a very emotional, alienating, challenging, frustrating experience for me. The recovery was slow. After being wired for a few weeks, almost anything is an improvement. Did anyone else experience this? > As you say, it’ll go down as “an ugly episode,” but it’ll get better.” >. It’s hard to keep spirits high, especially after seeing that it’s taken some months to eat slightly tougher foods. Edited to add: Oops, I realized you weren’t addressing me… my mouth was wired for 7 weeks. It actually doesn’t feel too bad. And be really patient. So I don’t know what I should be doing and if I am under or over doing it. Just getting wires off. Like you my injury was not as bad as some. I wonder if they can remove the old crowns and make new one to fit the posts and that mesh properly. I have gushers beside my bed and I carry them with me everywhe. Anw now the wires have been removed but still my jaw is shaking and i am not able to chew properly. The first few days, there was sort of a mushy feeling when my top and bottom teeth touched each other. . Turkey be damned. Congrats on getting the arch bars off, I bet you will see great improvement in your ability to open your mouth over the next couple of weeks. (On the other hand, it’s not clear that the students got as much of it as I did…). Hi, I’m only 17 and I had my jaw broken to fix a severe underbite. 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. the most. Every day the tooth and surrounding gums feel stronger and more stable. It is an amazing feeling to have the wires off. I had broken nasal cartridge blocking my airways and couldn’t use a straw. Since you’re not under long it doesn’t take long for the effects of the sedation to wear off, I felt normal within a few hours and felt just a little soreness in my gums, no real pain. Good luck to you Mike, hope that your recovery is going well! 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 was put under for that part, and I highly recommend that if you have the option. Can you get a copy of your x-rays and have a doctor in the UK look at them? I can’t take the place of your doctor but you might want to enlist a second opinion before having the wires removed after such a short period of time. Do you have a physician or dentist you can get in touch with? I made it through the liquid diet with syringe and tubing and wish anyone luck with that. Could of been worse indeed!!! Lol. The removal of an implant should never be taken lightly. I’m most interested in now is how does the procedure in the doc’s office go when they are unwired. My bite is still off a bit but I think rather than go through anything else I am just living with very minor discomfort. I had no idea of what I was in for the next three weeks. Therefore, I am now in braces for the next 14 mos and then oral surgeon rebreaks the mandible on both sides – adds plates and screws, and back into braces for another year. I can only open my mouth about the width of my pinkie. I would second the suggestion to try to live a normal life. 3) I carried a wire cutter with me all the time, in case there was ever a REAL emergency and I had to quickly cut the things off. .. at which point i was told i will be onto elastic bands. Hardware removal is surgery to take out devices used to fix your bone. If you’re afraid of losing too much weight, I researched a little bit and here’s what I found: If you’re looking to maintain your current weight, multiply your weight by 12 (15 for men). Basically, I could only eat soft, small things. I got my wires off a couple of days ago. If not, others on this site had the removal done with local and they survived Otherwise, the pain you have should gradually lessen over time as the bone heals. Don’t forget to eat. I had immediate concerns as the doctor told me that the bone itself wasn’t straight (as mentioned before) and that I should have had a plate (he claimed I chose not to even though I was never even asked the question!). It’s about gaining weight with a wired jaw, but it’s got some good general information and lots of related articles on the page: http://www.livestrong.com/article/344305-how-to-gain-weight-when-your-jaw-is-wired-shut/. Hoping the facial asymmetry is non-permanent but your mind can wander…. Angie…how did your unwiring go? Wires came off and everything was fine, then about 2 weeks after my jaw started swelling up and the range I could open my mouth before was decreasing. I need to know if the swelling ever goes down completely? I’m making an appointment ASAP, if nothing else the front of my teeth can b cleaned. they come off next wednesday (CANT WAIT!!) That should improve with time. I think Karen mentioned this too. hmm. My boyfriend had tears in his eyes last night when he overheard me singing – something I hadn’t done since the accident. Thank you. This blog has helped me a lot thanks guys. They are wiring my jaws shut for three weeks and then I will wear rubber bands for three weeks. I was inpatient but followed his advice and am so glad I did! I have no need to ride a Segway again and that has no impact on my life, since the one time was my first time, so I’m hardly giving up something. Hi everyone. Jude: I’m also saddened to hear about your setback. Jaw wiring is a procedure used to hold your jaw in place. Been jaw wired shut for 3 weeks and ended up with 2 mini titanium mini plates inserted into my mandible… Have a wonderful wedding day and weekend. The Orthodontist did leave the arc bars on and I have rubberbands on my teeth as well. All I will say is that once the initial shock is over it does get better. I’m sorry you’re going through such a difficult time. Vertical fracture on the right, on my chin and a horizontal fracture on the left. Maybe now that your jaw has healed a bit, your dentist will be able to do more about the broken teeth. I was told to see a specialized physiotherapist for this but skipped it. It is really important to eat. My name is Shannon and I had a tumor growing in my right bottom jawbone. I’m sorry to hear that you are going to have more surgery. Does that improve right away after the wires are removed? Hoping in a couple of weeks it will be 2-3 fingers! I am suppose to get my wires replaced by bands in a week. Thank you to everyone who has shared their experience–I’m sure it is helping many people cope with bein “wired shut.”. I fell about 10/15/12 and went to ER after a week thought it was just upper and lower lip splits and it would heal. I just got unwired but have arch bars & rubberband on opposide of fracture(mandibular fracture). Hi All k wire removel mri with k wire in body broken wrist, splint after cast removal, do's and don'ts Broken Wrist, I want to remove my cast and continue to wear the splint I don't have insurance, remove my cast. This was done by the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for a special reason. The first week was much in a blur at the hospital and the next week, my doctor placed rubberbands to hold together my teeth. The result will be the daily caloric intake to maintain your weight. Try to keep your strength up through protein powders. After I explained what had happened to my oral surgeon, he took a look at it and used his hands to move my jaw a bit. Please call the office right away to … She says now that all she did for the time she was wired was suck. I just don’t ride on busy roads. Sorry for posting twice … didn’t see the first one added until after the second one posted. How are you doing now? The procedure is not invasive and does not require anesthesia. Thanks for all the posts because now I know what to expect. I depend on my bike to get around every day, and I had gotten tired of waiting for buses all the time. Or is it just muscle pain? Anyways, I gave a good jar, although my jaw only moved straight down when I stumbled, but I am so worried that I reinjured that area. Hi Bob, I still like real fruit smoothies for breakfast…add cereal and yogurt…grind it to a puree…i only lost 4lbs…i weighed 175 before and. Thank you so much for posting. I worry that any progress I made is in regression from chewing prematurely. I am on day 4 after my wires got taken out. Painful mouth opening is completely normal following wisdom tooth removal. She had the wires removed on Thursday and was immediately in better spirits. I went to a physical therapist and although the exercises are incredibly boring (open, close, open, close), they did help. I had never broken any bones or gotten stitches before this accident, so it’s been a really difficult experience, emotionally and physically. Cute story: I got my wires/arch bars out just before my birthday. You may need this to help your jaw heal from a fracture. It is much similar to what singers do to warm up so maybe you can find ideas on the internet for it. It is sore and more achy than it has been in days. They will also prep me for the implants. I’ve had my jaw wired for four weeks. The new method, which the investigators tested in rabbits, used distraction osteogenesis after tumor removal surgery to restore the missing portion of a patient’s jaw. (sp) She broke her jaw in 3 places and gets her wires off tomorrow after a full 4 weeks. Be patient and take it easy. My teeth do not line up the way they did before and I have many missing. The function of the arch bars and wires is like that of a cast one might have for a broken leg or arm. my question is what do I expect wen the wire is removed and again if there is any body with experience. The trick is to be patient and try not to worry too much. C’s and S’s are the pits! Which hurt very badly! That doesn’t mean it will for anyone else recently injured but being patient has a lot going for it. I tripped on some rebar and bolts left where a handicap parking sign had been removed in a local shopping center. When you can easily eat a pile of french fries again, I suspect, like all of us, you will be eating again and back to your normal weight just fine. There are times I am so guarded and fearful of being hurt when there is no reason to feel this way. I had my wires taken off too early because of my daughter’s wedding. This will interfere, or not, as much as you allow it to. It’s at http://jawfracture.blogspot.com/ if you would like to link to me. I also thought I would be able to brush the inside of my teeth again, but no. I get the arch bars off next Tuesday and I am wondering how this is done. The dr said to take pain meds before I get my wires off. I was told I will have to wear rubber bands as well for a while because my dr said he is afraid I won’t be able to close my bottom jaw. I’m told that this may be a reaction to the mouthwash I was prescribed and use daily. I broke the mandible back in October 2010 in three places and unfortunately, lost too much bone. Maybe that’s why we go through this type of injury . My staples while wired were Ensure, Boost, Special K protein shakes, blenderized ramen, and ice cream/fruit/yogurt smoothies. Very painful. I had no idea that my jaw would barely open. I am happy to have found this forum. He said about 5 weeks for this wiring and they should be out which would be now to go 3 weeks and 3 days! I was thinking I wouldn’t be able to open that wide but I have been able to put 2 fingers in my mouth and hold open. I broke my jaw when someone abruptly punched me in the face. I went for daily walks no matter what. The weight loss, chronic pain, and being exhausted also paralleled my experience. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. I would like to say THANK YOU for starting this blog. Waking up from the surgery was…well lets say….an experience!! Regarding the breathing – it helps a lot to stay calm and to talk yourself out of getting anxious about it. In total since the accident, my doctor expects 3 months for a full recovery. Thanks for the replies. I went to see my doctor the other day and he gave me the choice to be put to sleep or novacaine when I get unwired; I’m terrified to be put to sleep all though it wasn’t a bad experience. Did anyone else have pain or problems with the size of the actual bars? Lost 20 pounds in three weeks and all food became disgusting to say the very least. The sole purpose of the wiring is to … I am so anxious about even seeing a dentist to replace/repair the broken teeth and very hard to even see the oral surgeon without feeling tremendous anxiety. It is making me look at the whole world with new eyes. I had my jaw wired shut for 6 weeks, and wore rubber bands for 2 weeks. I do have a few lower teeth (above the spot where I hit my chin when I fell) that the hygienist told me were a “little loose” but she didn’t seem very concerned about it. I didn’t need surgery as extensive as what you’re facing. Thanks. Place other sock over the knot and pull down to knot at the other end (more for security). 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. Some folks have no trouble with just removing the wires drug-free. If the first note about the microwaveable sock can be removed, please either do so or inform me how I can remove. I have so much more empathy for all. I would say that it took me about 3-4 months to “fully” open my mouth but with exercise of your mouth muscles it could go faster. Things will get better. 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. 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 eat one Ensure a day and try to get some water in. I have also been getting some severe migraines and fatigue (although it could be stress) – could this be related (I am worried about TMJ)? Any change in how far you can open your mouth? That was limiting, but not as much so as being wired shut completely. It’s a hard feeling to explain, but there are times when it feels like it’s going to move and the arch bars hurt a little. Another thing (sorry for the rant) Where the break is is very tender and I get shooting pains when trying to move it and I am still having hearing problems as it is so close to the ear – I am worried that if the bone is rubbing and blocking my jaw that it is damaging my ear … any idea if this could be the case. This was very filling and tasty. Thanks for the quick reply, do you happen to remember how long it was before your teeth stopped hurting? You might want to do a search on orthognathic surgery, I’m sure you will find tons of blogs and other information. just had a car accident and my jaws wired shut for about 2 and half weeks. I had a distalizer appliance for 6 months and then got that removed and had braces put on (damon clear on top and metal on the bottom) a few months ago. Well unfortunately I am ready to join this group. I was curious if I should try and push through the pain a bit to try and open my mouth wider. Glad you’re seeking online support. I’m glad you got the wires off and continue to recover. Glad to hear that things are going so well Sasha. That being said – Better to bring these concerns directly to yournorthodontist/maxillofacial surgeon. I wish you all the best. I wasn’t expecting my face to be so sore the next day, but it was pretty bad. Adapted from the works of Joan C. McIntrye, R.N., B.S.N. It’s very traumatic. Hi Adam, I’ve started my own blog. Each day you should include the following in your diet: Eat small, frequent meals each day. I had a sagittal split mandibular advancement done in 2012 with the use of 4 hole titanium plates and screw on each side of the jaw. Thanks much! Karen I loved what you had to say about your dentist having you wait. This was done top and bottom and then more wire was used to wrap around the upper and lower plate to secure them. I became a State Certified Firefighter at the age of 45 and have always been a very determined and strong individual but this broken jaw is killing me. Some fruits, such as strawberries and blackberries, have tiny seeds that would have a tendency to become caught in your teeth, so stay away from these. They told me I only had an infection, gave me a script, sent me home. No thanks. More likely that your jaw muscles tensed up during the stumble which made it sore. Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot of advice, but I can tell you that many people have recovered from a broken jaw, and I don’t imagine anybody found it easy emotionally. 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. Hi Jude, I think many of us experienced our teeth not meeting up correctly. Just be patient (something I’m not particular good at); things really will improve! If she takes in slowly and is patient, she’ll do great. And that it’s not just me going kinda crazy. . 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. Thanks Adam, I did eat oatmeal last night, I couldn’t really chew, but figured opening my mouth to put the baby spoon with oatmeal in was some jaw exercise. Hang tough Clifford. in good spirits and tried to eat some fries…um no, not happening. The retainer is called a lingual wire because it’s glued or bonded to the back surface oof your teeth. I likewise find it heartening to see people coming together here to offer our experiences and support to those who are going through this procedure. So, that’s totally normal Sasha, at least from my perspective. Lips and chin as still numb on left. I asked for the least aggressive treatment. Regarding soups etc, I made many different ones as I enjoy to cook. Three weeks later and a significant reduction in the swelling and the oral surgeon removed my elastics but left the darn Archway braces in….the excitement was hard to contain but the reality somewhat tempered that quickly!! Mouth care is extremely important for everyone. Being 51 and previously very active, this has set me back tremendously. Obviously, don’t cut your wires off and try to start chewing all your food, but at least think of a few “normal” things that would be a bit awkward with your mouth wired shut. The wires certainly didn’t straighten my teeth out. So far this jaw wiring experience hasn’t been painful at all. It sounds like your accident was pretty similar to mine. He is scared of the dentist (which may or may not be related), but otherwise I don’t think it affected him. ,B.S.N. ( Log Out /  so grateful to have found this blog. In most cases, you also have braces on your teeth before surgery and during recovery af… I felt hot afterwards and went to the bathroom to splash water on my face, fainted, and fell on the sink, broke my jaw in three places. I wasn’t given the option for rubber bands though. I hope it goes well, and please do report back on the answer to your question after the fact. Crazy. The doctor says that the jaw is still a little crack. What did you guys experience? Take your toothbrush and brush in and out. I’ve been practicing holding my mouth open for 10 seconds at a time and my mouth can open enough to fit a spoon in it, but not too much food on it. I know it’s not easy! Hello – I to was determned NOT to lose weight. There’s a reason they are offering it It was probably my favorite visit to the oral surgeon. In the rubber band stage or after the rubber bands are removed? I’d definitely encourage you to record the things you’ve learned from your experience and share them in whatever way you see fit. This was applied to the jaw several times each day and prior to stretching. Time is your best friend. Woo hoo. You will feel pain whenever you try to chew or even simply open your mouth. with you as you all recover. He’s already shaved some teeth (which helped). The mental part is definitely a huge challenge, so it’s great that you’re aware of that. Hang in there. The back tooth has some large chunks out of it and some of my others too but less severe. Hi, Im on my elastic a right now, and was wondering if your teeth moved while you had your arch bars on? I felt like a complete and total idiot. For those who crashed via bicycle or Segway or…how easy was or is it to get back on again? 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. . I slept a LOT, was out on disability for over 2 months, in a lot of pain (especially when I tried to eat again). My front big tooth has become lower than it adjacent tooth & they were even before. Serious injuries, such as jaw fractures, can certainly be emotionally difficult. 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! Otherwise people would happlily get braces and be done in with them in weeks. Also, I’d urge you to make sure you get enough calories in. For the first time since my accident, I do not feel so alone anymore. Not looking for pity though – just helpful info that may give me a sense of hope for the future. I’d also recommend checking out the other blogs linked on the blogroll to the right (one of which is written by Karen). Do not forget to apply vaseline to your lips continually to prevent drying and cracking. It all seems too good to be true. I know it’s not fun, but think of it as taking your medicine. I’m curious…I have 3 weeks to go but it is all I can think about. How has it been going? Hi, I recently had my jaw wired shut for about 4 weeks. It was a major surgery and so far I’ve been doing good staying positive. Wish me luck. This ended up being absolutely disgusting, but I ate it. 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