I dislocated my jaw this past Sunday, spent half the day in the emergency that day - and finally was told that my x-rays are fine, my jaw has been moved back in place, and that it should be functioning again in about 48 hours.
It has been five days since the incident and I still can't fully open my mouth, the left side of my jaw's joint is sticking out when I try opening my mouth, and the alignment of the jaw is still a bit off. I also get clicking in both of my ears sometimes.
Should I see a doctor? Will a dislocated jaw heal back and act as if nothing even happened or will I have problems now for the rest of my life?
Yes, please see a doctor as soon as possible. Do not mention the letters TMJ or TMJD to the doctor or he might refer you to a dentist without really checking you out. Have you been "babying" your jaw - liquids, soft foods, resting it, ice and moist heat? I believe this is crucial for a faster recovery. You should be able to heal with little or no effects depending on how much damage has been done. That's why I mention being gentle and you should do so for several weeks (just like any other dislocation or sprain).
I suggest you ask your doctor for a script of Valium or Zanax for a couple of weeks. Get good sleep and watch your head, neck and shoulder posture (especially in front of the computer). Check out the TMJ Physical Therapy page at nismat.org for some good basic info and pictures.
Take care and let us know how you make out.