Dislocated Jaw…What can You Do?
In some situations, you may find any of your family members having a dislocation of jaw. Obviously, you like to rush him to a physician. But wait. You can solve it by reducing the dislocation provided it is not a serious case. In this article, we give you a few quick steps to solve such cases.
See these things first
- When one has a jaw dislocation he/she loses ability to close the mouth.
- The patient feels facial or jaw pain with clear asymmetry of the face.
- There may be swelling and redness in the face.
If you observe above symptoms in the person, then it is certain that he/she may have a dislocated jaw.
What can you do
First of all calm down the injured person. Win his trust by counseling.
Determine the extent of dislocation. Put the bones back in line to determine whether or not it is possible to reduce the dislocation. This makes clear if the dislocation needs to be reduced or not.
Take following steps to reduce the jaw dislocation:
Wear latex gloves to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
Put on some paddings on your thumbs or wrap them with gauze. This protects your thumbs from patient biting your thumbs when the jaw pops back into place.
Now, insert both the thumbs into the patient’s mouth.
This is the most important step:
Press on the lower back molars with great force in a downward motion. The force should be strong enough to overcome muscle spasms.
Do this till the jaw pops back in the place. Monitor pain in the joint. Here the joint is one that is just in the front of the ear.
Ask the patient how he/she feels about this. If the patient feels relieved then there is substantial reduction in the dislocation. If the pain persists then you may need to take the patient to a physician.