Jaw Dislocation

ExitCare ImageA jaw dislocation happens when your lower jaw bone separates from your upper jaw bone. This injury is often caused by a very strong force to your jaw. Your doctor will put your lower jaw bone back in place. Any broken jaw bones will be held in place with plates and screws or wiring. Wires may be left in place for 6 to 8 weeks.


  • Rest your injured joint. Do not move it.

  • Put ice on your injured joint for 1 to 2 days or as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, every 2 hours while you are awake.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Only eat foods or drink liquids that your doctor tells you to.


  • Your plates, screws, or wires become loose or damaged.

  • You see fluid or pus around the cuts where your screws, wires, or plates were placed.

  • Your pain becomes worse, not better.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.