A dislocated jaw is an injury to one or both of the joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. The injury can cause a number of uncomfortable and painful reactions in the face and the head. A dislocated jaw means that the joint has unhinged from the skull, which affects jaw movements.
While surgery is sometimes required, most cases of jaw dislocation can be treated by maneuvering the jaw back into place and wrapping a bandage to reduce its movement and allow for recovery. Anti-inflammatory medication may also be needed to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
If you suspect that there is something wrong with your jaw, watch out for the following 10 dislocated jaw symptoms.
Symptom #1: Misaligned Jaw
A misaligned jaw is when a person’s lower and upper teeth do not meet perfectly. It usually happens because of injury to the jaw or when the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) has suffered wear and tear.
The severity of a misaligned jaw depends on the structure of the person. It can cause pain and other problems. There are invasive treatments when dental problems or pain is experienced because of the jaw misalignment. However, if there is no pain and no problems are experienced when eating, talking, or breathing, you don’t have to get treated. Treatments include stress management to help stop clenching the teeth and jaw, behavioral therapy, and muscle relaxation. Jaw surgery may be done in very rare cases.