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Can the Jaw Crack During an Extraction?

Posted on 2/20/2019 by Doctor Haigney
Can the Jaw Crack During an Extraction?When most people think about an extraction, they automatically think about the tooth or teeth that need to be removed. They may not realize that the jaw will be affected during the surgery as well. This makes sense for two reasons. First, since the teeth are being removed from the jaw, the jaw is part of the whole procedure.

Second, the head and mouth need to be in a certain position in order to perform the surgery. This includes opening the mouth wide enough so that we can easily and safely get to the teeth. Because of this, it is possible for the jaw to crack during an extraction. Usually there are no lasting effects from the jaw cracking, but there are a few things that you need to watch for after the surgery.

Jaw Pain

There will be jaw pain after a tooth extraction. There will also be swelling. This is all normal, and not a reason to contact us. If the pain does not subside after a few days, or if it gets worse, you need to contact us.

Treating the Pain

We will give you something to help with the pain for the first couple of days, or we will recommend an over the counter pain reliever. Take your medicine as prescribed, and do not take it more often than recommended. An ice pack on your jaw can help with the pain and also keep the swelling down. If it hurts to open your jaw too much, stick with a liquid diet for a few days until the pain subsides.

If you think that your jaw pain is more than just normal healing, we want to see you immediately. A tooth extraction requires a few days to heal, but if you do not feel better soon, we want to figure out why.
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