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feel like my jaw is broken again .

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I had a broken jaw 2 months ago and I just got dental work done. I'm wondering how long before I am able to eat normally again. I can only eat soft foods and if I try something that is soft but not soft enough it hurts my cheek area , almost like the same pain I had when my jaw was broken . Or sometimes a yawn will make it hurt really bad. I just want to know if this is normal ! My oral surgeon just said I'm going to have tmj.... I understand that but sometimes the pain is so horrible that I feel like my jaw is broken again . Why does this happen ? Is it the jaw or nerves or even the muscles and should I exercise my mouth even when it hurts ?


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replied October 22nd, 2014
Dental Health Answer A49682
Thank you for asking

Such presentation is common sequelae of jaw injuries and they self resolve with the passage of time , a few months are needed at least. Slight Jaw exercises are needed though and use of chewing gum is advised as the best practice.

Dont worry it happens and it will be fine. You can opt for the physiotherapy of jaw muscles if need be.

Take care


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