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Question:
Last August I bit down on a frozen Payday (dumb) and heard a loud ripping sound with lots of pain. For weeks I couldn't close my jaw right and couldn't chew. It was swollen with lots of pain. I went to my dentist who said it sounded like I tore my tendon and to ice and heat it and to eat soft things. He said it would take 3 months to heal.

Well its been 6 months and it still has pain, makes all kinds of noise and gets so I can't close it right for days and if I try to chew meat, it hurts and I just can't do it. Well I not sure who to go to for help. I feel if my jaw was wired shut for a while it would heal. But everyone I have contacted to ask what to do or where to go for help, just passes me on to someone else. ...Visitor from California

Answer:
You're not alone. There are simply not enough doctors who know how to treat your problem. Visit the AACFP.org website and try to find someone in your area who can help you. Wiring your mouth shut will make you worse.

You need functional treatment to place your jaws in a position that will allow them to properly heal. You have torn your tendons over the years. The candy bar only put you over the edge. Let us know who you find and we will interview them for you to make sure you are getting proper help.

John Halmaghi, DDS







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